DB directives to Planning Deptt in PIL on security of courts

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, June 6: In a Public Interest Litigation regarding security of High Court as well as District Court Jammu, Division Bench of State High Court comprising Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Justice Sanjay Gupta today issued various directions.
When the PIL came-up for hearing, Deputy AG Raman Sharma submitted that in compliance to the directions of Division Bench dated 23.05.2018, lift in the High Court has been connected with the existing DG set, which will give adequate backup in case of power failure for operating the lift.
“However, an important aspect is that the lift is working without an Auto Rescue Device (ARD), which enables the lift in case of power failure to reach the next immediate floor and automatically opens the door so that the occupants can make an exit. The matter has already been taken up with the concerned for approval and release of funds and the needful shall be done within four weeks”, he further submitted.
About regulation of the parking, it was submitted that the parking slots have been duly marked for vehicles. However, sometimes, the vehicles are being parked in such a way as the same choke the entry and exit points.
It was suggested that apart from regulating the parking, it would be appropriate if an official from the Traffic Department be deputed in the parking areas. “The Senior Superintendent of Police Traffic shall also ensure that no vehicle should be parked in the no-parking zones on a stretch of road leading from District Court Complex to the High Court”, the DB directed.
“On security related issues, it is stated that a proposal by the PWD, which included an amount of Rs 627.38 lakh envisaged for purposes of construction of boundary walls, installation of CCTV cameras, raising of the construction of 20 guard rooms at the backside of the Judicial Academy etc, appears to have been sent as early as in March, 2018. Out of the funds proposed, an amount of only Rs 1 crore has been sanctioned, which has already been incurred on the construction/raising of the boundary wall”, the DB observed.
“The matter appears to have been pending consideration with the Planning Department as such Principal Secretary of the department is directed to formally consider the grant for approval of the balance amount, based upon the recommendations/proposal of the PWD and this shall be done within a period of two weeks”, the DB said.
“In addition to this, a specific proposal for the installation of CCTV cameras in the District Court Complex, Jammu has been prepared and is also pending with the Planning Department”, the DB observed and directed Principal Secretary of the department to take an appropriate decision and consider a formal approval so that funds can be released by the Finance Department at the earliest.
DB also directed Principal Secretary Planning Department to furnish a compliance report with regard to the implementation of these directions by the next date of hearing.