A historic moment of our new capital of Amaravati laid the foundation stone for the Andhra Pradesh High Court Complex on Feb 3, 2019. Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India Ranjan Gogoi and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated temporary building of the AP High Court at the judicial complex and laying the foundation stone for a permanent High Court at Nelapadu in Amaravati. We all know a separate High court 65 years ago for AP, the first High Court was inaugurated on July 5, 1954 in Guntur and moved to Hyderabad after the state bifurcation in October 1956. President Ram Nath Kovind had on December 26 issued orders for setting up the separate court for AP. Until the announcement, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana shared the High Court complex in Hyderabad.
Foundation of Andhra Pradesh High Court
The duo will also lay the foundation stone for the permanent AP High Court to be built in Nelapadu of Guntur district. “The foundation for the permanent High Court, designed after a Buddhist Stupa, will also be laid on the occasion,” an official from Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) said.
Amaravati High Court
Interim Andhra Pradesh High Court: The ground plus two-storied building constructed at Nelapadu village in Amaravati has 16 court halls including 12 on the first floor. The HC Interim building has 2.70 lakh square feet office space and has been constructed at a cost of Rs 150 crores.
New AP High Court at Amaravati: Construction of the permanent high court building at Justice City in the capital region of Andhra Pradesh is yet to start. Once that is completed, the High Court (HC) will shift there and the interim complex to be inaugurated today will house the City Civil Courts.
Andhra Pradesh High Court
- The ‘Bhoomi Pooja‘ of the High Court building was conducted amid the chanting of Vedic hymns by priests.
- The permanent complex will come up on 42 acres.
The permanent Andhra Pradesh High Court, to be built in a total site area of 42 acres of land with a built-up area of about 12.2 lakh sq ft, comprises 36 court halls in the first phase with a provision for additional 24 court halls for future expansion. The APCRDA officials said Shapoorji and Pallonji Group has been entrusted the responsibility to develop it at an estimated cost of `1,400 crores.
The High Court is proposed to be developed along with ancillary supporting ecosystem, including tribunals, City Courts, residences and other facilities. Both the Judicial Complex and the High Court are being developed as a part of Justice City, to be developed on 450 acres of land. The Justice City will be completed in two phases in 2022 and 2036.
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