NEW DELHI: Work on the new six-storey extension building at Tis Hazari court is nearing completion, according to PWD officials. The handover of the complex is likely to happen next week and the inauguration would take place in the presence of a high court justice, the officials said. Overlooking the Metro line on the south side, the complex, which will house new courtrooms, is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, security scanners, elevators, escalators, 150 CCTV cameras, water coolers, sprinklers and smoke alarms. “It is a welcome move and much-needed infrastructure is being added to the court complex. We are waiting for the inauguration,” Raj Gaurav, a practising advocate in Tis Hazari court, told TOI. On Monday, finishing touches were being given to the building, which houses 54 court chambers, chambers for lawyers and office space for staff. It has five elevators – two for judges, two for court staff and the general public, and a service lift. The building has three entry gates, of which one will be reserved for the judges. The new complex will give some respite to the old court building and create more space for judicial officers and lawyers. According to PWD, defects rectification is underway and placing of furniture and linking of fibre cables between the old and new building is also in progress. In December, the principal district and sessions judge of Tis Hazari court, along with officials of Public Works Department, had paid a visit and pointed out a few shortcomings, which are being rectified. After observing that additional courtrooms would be required after recruitment of judicial officers to fill up the vacancies against the sanctioned strength, Delhi government had in 2019 commenced the project to construct new rooms at the court complexes of Tis Hazari, Saket and Karkardooma. Initially, the plan was to make additional courtrooms on land allotted by Delhi Development Authority and Land Development Office, but as per PWD, sticking to the timeline set by Delhi high court was not possible. Therefore, it was decided to construct the rooms in the existing complexes only. The construction work was supposed to be completed by March 2020 but was delayed by the pandemic. At an estimated cost of over Rs 178 crore, 46 courtrooms are being constructed in Saket, 44 in Karkardooma and 54 in Tis Hazari.