Nagaland: High Court Construction Incomplete, Amount Overdrawn
- The foundation stone for Nagaland HC laid in 2007.
- The construction of the Building is incomplete.
- Reports say the amount for the construction overdrawn than the original.
A fresh matter has been raised in Nagaland where an independent High Court is waiting to be completed as the building is under construction since 2007. The related authorities claimed the amount is overdrawn for the construction than the amount sanctioned.
RTI filed over the matter:
An independent High Court of Nagaland is waiting for its construction to be completed. The new High Court building project for the state of Nagaland was approved by the Government and for this, the foundation stone was laid at Meriema by the Chief Justice of Guwahati High Court Brijesh Kumar in 2007.
Apart from this, planned at the same time, states of Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura have established High Courts and are even functional since 2013. Nagaland State continues to lag even on this count.
Nagaland State continues to lag since then as the court is under construction till now and waiting for its day when the related authorities will take the matter into consideration.
The Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) while informing the matter to the media told that it has filed an RTI to find out more about the project. It remained “perplexed” at this state of affairs.
It further informed that in the same year, similar foundation stones were laid for other 3 states namely, Manipur, Meghalaya, and Tripura.
The aforementioned 3 states had completed the projects and already established their respective separate High Courts since 2013 and are fully functional.
Apart from this, they have also informed the media about the amount that is overdrawn by the concerned authority than that of the sanctioned amount.
As per the reports, NTC said that the amount sanctioned was Rs. 43 crore. But during 2009-2014, i.e., in 5 years, the Nagaland State Department of Law and Justice had drawn Rs. 41.62 crore and for the period from 2015 to 2017 an amount of Rs. 11.25 crores were drawn against the project.
They also said that there had been 18 withdrawals from 2009 to March 2017, and the amount came to the tune of Rs. 52.63 crores as against the original estimate of Rs. 43 crores.