SHOPIAN: The much awaited Srinagar district court complex at Moominabad was Saturday inaugurated by J&K’s Governor N N Vohra. The foundation stone for the new complex was laid in 2006 by the then Chief Justice of India, Y.K Sabharwal.
The courts are likely to start functioning in the complex on July 31.
Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir, Badar Durrez Ahmed, and Minister for Law and Justice, Abdul Haq Khan, were present at the occasion.
After failing to meet several deadlines in its completion, the court buildings and other facilities were completed earlier this month by Roads & Buildings department, the executing agency. The complex is spread over 243000 square feet and was completed at a cost of Rs 120.28 crore. The complex houses several courts, electric sub-station, food court, judicial lock-up, additional services block, services building, petition writers block and entrance gateway plaza.
The north block comprises of 31 court rooms, 2 lok-adalat rooms, common room for judges, business center, conference hall, library & reading room, administrative office and computer section.
The fund for the project was allocated by the 13th Finance Commission of India. Also, a Judicial Academy was constructed in 2008 at a cost 6.92 crore, which is housed in a two-storey building; it has two lecture halls, one conference hall, a computer laboratory and a library. Besides, it has an air-conditioned auditorium with capacity of 280 seats. The building is centrally heated.
There are 174 subordinate courts consisting of 45 courts of district judges, 50 sub-judge courts and 79 courts of munsiffs. As against these courts, there are 59 district judges, 60 sub-judges and 56 munsiffs.
In 2008, government created 12 more courts of district and sessions judges along with supporting staff and two courts of chief judicial magistrates, sub-judges for the districts of Bandipora and Ganderbal. Out of these 12 courts, two courts were designated as additional courts of anti-corruption at Jammu and Srinagar.
The court is presently functioning at Sanat Ghar Complex in Bemina, where it was moved from old court complex at Lal Chowk after September 2014 floods. The old building is being preserved as a heritage building.