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A new Building Complex of the Supreme Court of India was inaugurated today by President Ram Nath Kovind.
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Attorney General KK Venugopal, other Supreme Court judges, SCBA President Rakesh Khanna and Senior members of the Bar were present on the occasion.
During the inaugural event, the Supreme Court judge Justice SA Bobde also handed over to the President a copy of Supreme Court judgments translated into regional languages. This is part of the project to make the judgments of the Court available in vernacular languages.
The new building is situated on a land admeasuring 12.19 acres at Pragati Maidan and its Foundation Stone was laid in 2012.
The new building has five functional blocks and one Service Block. It will have a Judicial Block, Library, Convention Centre and Auditoriums. It will be used for offices, storage of records, library, auditorium/ seminar hall, conference halls, litigants hall and parking.
Importantly, it will house 258 chambers for lawyers.
Its rooftop has a Solar Power Grid system which has the maximum solar power capacity any building in Delhi-NCR has till date – 1400 KWp. This will be integrated in the main grid.
The building will have energy-efficient LED lighting which with occupancy sensors to switch off the lights when there are no occupants in the area.
The new building will be equipped with state of the art data-centre for storage and retrieval of documents. The building will be monitored by 825 CCTV cameras.
The building has three-level basements with parking space for up to 1800 cars.
Two sewerage treatment plants have been provided for wastewater recycling and reuse and there would be no municipal discharge.
The basement of the new building is connected to the main Supreme Court campus by three all-weather underground passages.