New quarters near CB Pur for judges, prosecutors

New quarters near CB Pur for judges, prosecutors

New look: The blue-print of the new Deputy Commissioner office to be constructed near Anakanur in Chikkaballapur taluk. DH photo

The new plans of the district administration regarding government offices and residences for judges and prosecutors are evoking mixed reactions.

A new office for the Deputy Commissioner is coming up near Anakanur at an expenditure of about Rs 19 crore. The new office is expected to be ready next March.

“One phase of the construction work is completed and the second begun. The new building will be about three km away from the current office of the sub-divisional officer of the City,” said the construction and project officers, who added that the office is designed on the lines of the Rashtrapathi Bhavan in New Delhi.

The district administration has decided to shift most government offices to the new building. The district administration hopes citizens will be saved the trouble of running from one office to another. Citizens, who have to file complaints, submit applications, etc, can have their work completed in just one day.

Land acquisition

The administration is planning to get more land near the new building, to construct the district court as well as the residential quarters of judges and senior prosecutors. Sources say discussions are on regarding acquisition of about 20 acres of land.

The Deputy Commissioner, district officers, judges and prosecutors recently visited and inspected the site to be acquired. Survey having been completed regarding the process, the administration is planning on the next step, added sources.

The lawyers in Chikkaballapur had recently decided to provide the land, which houses the Principal Civil Judge (Junior Division) and JMFC, for the extension of the district hospital.
“To upgrade the district hospital to a 500-bed capacity modern hospital, 35 guntas of land will be provided,” the lawyers had said.

Lawyers’ Association president K H Tamme Gowda had added that a two-storey building can be constructed at the present court complex at an estimated cost of Rs 6 crore.

Speaking with Deccan Herald, a senior prosecutor said if the present court building in the city gets two more floors, a new building will not be necessary. But, if the court needs to be shifted, so that the district hospital can be expanded or for other work, then, providing an alternative building will become unavoidable.

“A proposal has been put before the Government regarding acquiring land for construction of the residential quarters for judges and prosecutors,” he added.

Farmers react

The land near Anakanur is extremely fertile. While some of the farmers have consented to acquisition of land in the village by the district administration, some others are opposing the process.

“We are willing to give our land if the Government recompenses us at the rate of Rs 15 to 20 lakh per acre,” said some of the farmers.

There are still question raised by some other farmers.

“The area has fertile land. There are so many farms growing grapes, mango, mulberry, etc. Sooner or later, irrigation facilities will also be provided. Why then should we sell our land?” they asked.

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