New Delhi: Chief Justice of India SH Kapadia on Thursday underlined the need for giving greater thrust to investments in infrastructural projects to generate more jobs in the country besides building assets for the future generation.

Launching the 'bhoomi poojan' ceremony for a massive Rs 881 crore additional building complex of the Supreme Court at the Pragati Maidan site, previously housing the Appu Ghar, he said the present generation owes an obligation of creating more infrastructure for the future.

"Investments lead to asset building. This asset formation leads to most importantly employment generation. It indicates what investments in these sectors can do. With this complex, many people will get jobs. At least the class IV employees.

"Every investment project has the potential to generate jobs and this is the importance of infrastructure project," he told a gathering comprising Chief Justice-designate Justice Altamas Kabir, Home Minister P Chidambaram, Law Minister Salman Khurshid, Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath, besides the legal fraternity.

The CJI complemented the efforts of justices Kabir, P Sathasivam and former apex court judges BP Singh, RV Raveendran and Dalveer Bhandari in giving a shape to the project which would be completed in another 42 months.

Justice Kapadia recalled that due to the judicial orders passed by the Apex Court the judiciary had received Rs 2,851.31 crore over the past few years to develop court infrastructure which otherwise lacked even basic toilet facilities.

Besides providing additional facilities for administration wing, the new complex would also have parking facilities for 1800 cars, an auditorium and library, Justice Kabir said.

He suggested that a platform should be provided to young law graduates to work with government panel advocates and Legal Services Authority on a stipend basis.

Chidambaran, while wishing the project all success, hoped that the project would be completed in time without any time "overdraft" or "cost overrun".

Khurshid said modern infrastructure was essential for effective justice delivery system and the judiciary was one institution which was "unfettered and uninfluenced by many other forces," which "we in public life are susceptible".

Kamal Nath said the government was committed to give top priority to development of urban infrastructure and hoped the present complex would be completed withing 42 months.

The bhoomi poojan was performed jointly by Hindu, Parsi, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist and Sikh priests.


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