Islamabad: CDA gears up to construct the first-ever judicial complex for district courts in 6 months

A committee comprising interior, planning, and law and justice secretaries was formed to coordinate for expeditious completion of the district court complex.

According to city managers, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to set up new proper courts in the G-11 sector of Islamabad. Construction of the first-ever judicial complex for district courts in the capital city will start in September. District courts currently operate in small rented buildings in F-8, where litigants, lawyers, and judicial officers face a myriad of problems.

Regarding the construction of courts, CDA Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed said:

Islamabad is the only city that lacks proper district courts. So, we will start constructing a state-of-the-art judicial complex purely for local courts. The federal government, judiciary, and CDA are on the same page concerning this matter. Now, we have targeted it. Soon tenders will be called for awarding the contract. Hopefully, formal work will start in September.

When asked about the earlier plan for setting up temporary pre-fabricated structures for the courts, the CDA chief said:

Due to security reasons, we had changed the plan. Now it has been decided to construct proper buildings for the courts.

Construction, Design, and Layout of the Judicial Complex

According to the PC-I, the completion time of the project is one year. Sources state that the design of the judicial complex has been completed; the complex will include 90 courts divided amongst three buildings.

An important meeting chaired by the CDA chairman was held at CDA Headquarters. The meeting was attended by sessions judge (East Islamabad), sessions judge (West), member engineering CDA, deputy commissioner Islamabad and other senior officials to discuss the construction, design, and layout plan of the complex.

A press release of the meeting stated:

The meeting was briefed on the construction, design, and layout plan of the judicial complex, which includes canteens with proper washrooms for ladies and gents, a suitable place for separate parking [Baxshi Khana/temporary place for prisoners], etc. The complex building will be designed keeping in view future needs so it can be expanded.

The press release further stated:

Furthermore, it was decided at the meeting that a tender will be issued for the construction of the Judicial Complex. The project will be completed in a short period of six months; it was discussed that due to urgency, the project must be completed within six months instead of one year.

Judicial Complex – a Priority Based Project

Reports state that Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Athar Minallah directed the federal government to commence construction work of the district courts earlier this year. A committee comprising interior, planning, and law and justice secretaries was formed to coordinate for expeditious completion of the district court complex.

According to reports, IHC directed authorities to complete the judicial complex project on a priority basis. This explains why CDA Headquarters finalized the new project completion time of 6 months in the recent meeting.

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