Damaged in 2014 floods, court complex Pampore awaits reconstruction

The Munsif Court complex at Taanch Bagh in Frestabal Pampore was damaged during September 2014 floods. According to locals the new court building had started its operation only three months before it was inundated in the 2014 deluge.

IRFAN AMIN MALIK
Pampore, Publish Date: Nov 18 2018 11:27PM | Updated Date: Nov 19 2018 3:27AM
Damaged in 2014 floods, court complex Pampore awaits reconstructionGK Photo

Even as four years have passed since devastating floods struck Kashmir, the government has not repaired the court complex in this town of southern Pulwama district.

The Munsif Court complex at Taanch Bagh in Frestabal  Pampore was damaged during September 2014 floods.  According to locals the new court building had started its operation only three months before it was inundated in the 2014 deluge. 

“Prior to the construction of this building, the court was running from a dilapidated structure since 1996. Due to floods the court was relocated to the same crumbled structure,” said a local Mohammad Faizan Mir.

The court, he said, is sharing its old building with the Municipal Committee Pampore where both are operating under a single roof.

An elderly local resident, Ghulam Ahmad Mir, said the building where from the court is currently operating is totally unsafe for both lawyers and litigants. 

A source at deputy commissioner’s office in Pulwama told Greater Kashmir that “due to political nepotism the court building (which was damaged during floods) was constructed deliberately at a flood prone site which had been opposed by the locals in the first instance.” 

The project he said was executed by Jammu and Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation (JKPCC) with an estimated cost of Rs 240 lakh.

“The former executing agency JKPCC has now been replaced by R&B to carry out the renovation of the building but the government is yet to approve the proposal of R&B,” the source said.

Officials at executive engineer R&B office Pulwama, said an estimate of Rs 32.8 lakh for renovation of the building has been forwarded to the government and “it is yet to be approved”.

Both the residents and lawyers of the area appealed Governor Satyapal Malik to personally intervene in the matter. 

When contacted, special secretary to government Law Department, Achal Sethi said the department has asked High Court to assess the damage of the court building so that work will begin accordingly.

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