Parking problem at Madras HC has an in-house solution basement space | Chennai News


CHENNAI: Parking at the Madras high court has always been a problem, with the Tamil Nadu Bar Council and the Advocates Association regularly submitting petitions, oral and written, for more space for advocates, court officials and litigants alike.
However, plenty of space including in the basement of New Additional Law chambers which can accommodate more than 100 cars is already available. The space in the basement has remained closed for years before being converted into a dump yard for used furniture. It also accommodates the office of the Law Clerks Association.
Madras High Court Advocates Association president Mohana Krishna said “We have made many representations to the judiciary, chief justices and government including chief ministers for a multi-level parking facility for 10 years now.”
If the basement parking at New Additional Law Chambers is opened up, the issue will be solved temporarily.
P S Amalraj, chairman of the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, said, “Only 10% of advocates park on the campus.
These parking spaces were built decades ago keeping in mind the few thousand lawyers that practised back then. The numbers have more than tripled now. The government should take steps to provide new parking spaces as soon as possible.”
Most people visiting the high court usually park their vehicles around and outside the campus. While there is a paid facility opposite the high court, it is mostly unorganised and haphazard.
Law Clerks Association president Srinivasan said “Initially parking at the basement was available and people used to park there but around 2015, the basement was allotted to us.”
The association’s ‘office’ is separated from the enormous amounts of used furniture by a poster barrier.
“It’s a question of availability of space. When space is available we will remove the furniture,” a court official said. New buildings are being constructed. One where the fire station used to be and another near the law college, creating more space.”





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