On first day, district courts open to chaos on roads


Parking space proves inadequate, many park vehicles at ISBT, Sector 43

Chaos marked the first day of the functioning of the district courts in the new building in Sector 43 which was inaugurated on Friday. There were several teething troubles and the biggest among them was lack of adequate parking space, with vehicles parked along both sides of the road.

The parking lots earmarked for lawyers and litigants proved inadequate as the rush of litigants started pouring in in the morning. While two parking areas have been allotted to advocates and litigants, one of the parking lots located inside the court complex was full by 9.30 am.

The lawyers and litigants then turned to park their vehicles at another vacant plot which is a proposed parking place for the court as per officials. Most of the vehicles were parked there but the place was damp and muddy.

Many people were forced to park vehicles at the parking lot at ISBT, Sector 43. "We had no problem inside the court as the place is very well-planned as compared to the previous building. But we have parked our car at the bus stand parking. Now we have to go back, and I do not think we will be able to get our car out because of the rush," said Tajinder Kaur, a resident of Sector 38 who was in the court to attend a case hearing.

With the roads clogged with vehicles, it made traffic movement difficult. "I came in my car in the morning. Then I saw the chaos and returned. By the time I came back on a two-wheeler, all the parking areas were full," said one of the staff members.

He added that the underground parking lot made for the staff members had been converted into a record room. "The actual record room is empty. All the records have been kept in the parking space allotted to us. We have to run here and there and our vehicles are parked in far-off places," he said. "If we are not comfortable here, how will we work efficiently?"

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