Parking pangs the norm at Panchkula Judicial Court Complex

Parking pangs the norm at Panchkula Judicial Court Complex

The parking facility falls short of space during the peak hours. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, October 12

The unavailability of adequate parking space at the Judicial Court Complex in Sector 1 is a long-pending issue.

It had triggered a protest and suspension of work by lawyers in December 2020, but the issue remains unsolved.

‘Create multi-level parking for lawyers’

At times, we spend 10-15 minutes just to get our vehicles out of the parking lot. We have written to the authorities to cover a nearby drain to accommodate a multi-level parking for lawyers as their number is increasing by the year. Satish Kadian, president, DBA, P’kula

Satish Kadian, president of the District Bar Association, Panchkula, said, “The court premises witnesses a heavy footfall everyday and the space is not enough for parking of vehicles. The present space can only facilitate 250-300 vehicles, including two-wheelers. Moreover, it’s unpaved too. Lawyers (around 2,000 registered at present), litigants, police, mediapersons other visitors are forced to park their vehicles in a cramped area.”

“It leads to quarrels and chaos almost every day. At times, we spend 10-15 minutes just to get our vehicles out of the parking lot. We have written to the authorities to cover a nearby drain to accommodate a multi-level parking for lawyers as their number is increasing by the year,” he said.

Haryana Speaker and local MLA Gian Chand Gupta, who had promised redressal of the issue during the campaigning for the 2019 Assembly elections, said they were ready to issue a tender for the construction of a parking space once “certain issues that were creating hurdles” were cleared.

“First of all, we need clearance from the court. Secondly, there is a lot of confusion about jurisdictional authority of the location. Once it is clear whether the Municipal Corporation or the Haryana Shahri Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) owns the site, we will move ahead with the construction of the parking facility,” he said.

He said the parking space, whenever made, would be open for all, not just lawyers.

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