Balasore, September 30 (LocalWire): With a faction of the local lawyers protesting the decision, the state government may face a stiff challenge in relocating the Jaleswar court complex to a new location near Laxmannath.
It may be recalled that a section of the local advocates has called for Jaleswar town bandh on 23 September to protest against the relocation plan under the banner of an action committee.
While the bandh call had evoked a mixed response, a face-off between two groups of lawyers on the issue had triggered tension, and the police had to intervene to pacify the factions.
The protesters maintain that the new location is about 5 km from the railway station and the bus stand and the litigants will face a lot of difficulties to reach there.
The current location is only 1 km from the railway station and bus stand, they pointed out.
The detractors also point out that the new location near Laxmannath lacks facilities like hotels, restaurants and other small shops that can cater to the needs of litigants and lawyers.
“We strongly oppose the move. We have been protesting since the proposal was made. We won’t let it happen and fight tooth and nail,” said one of the senior advocates, protesting the move of shifting.
Sources said that administration has chalked out a plan for shifting the court complex after Durga Puja vacation.
Supporting the decision to relocate the court complex, a senior advocate said that it is a judicious and rational decision of the government.
“The present complex located at Bada Bazar doesn’t have adequate space required to set up more courts.
The unused building can be utilised and more courts can be built as the new complex has a lot of space and is only 3 km from the present location.
It also has about 5 acres of land for expansion,” the advocate said
“We have urged the state Urban Development minister to ply town buses to Laxmannath and ensure more illumination facilities in the area,” he said.