Guwahati: The Supreme Court, despite playing a key role in Indian judiciary system, also bears a great historical significance as this happens to be one of the first major buildings that were designed and built in India after the Independence. The very idea of giving an opportunity to the public too to witness the architectural beauty and realize its significance is historic and praiseworthy. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi launched the project on Thursday attending a small function held at the Judges’ Lounge in the court. The idea of opening the Supreme Court for the public is appreciated by the CJI, who said, “a public institution should be opened up in a limited way.”
The guided tour inside the Supreme Court will be free of charge for the tourists and the tour will be conducted between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Saturday and on declared holidays. The tour will also include a visit to the Supreme Court Museum. In each batch of the guided tour, there will be 20 visitors and the tour will culminate in a short film about the court.
There will be particular tour rules for the tourists which include a ban on smoking, bringing eatables, tobacco items, cameras and backpacks. The statement issued by the court states, “Being the highest legal authority of the nation, it is imperative that visitors maintain proper decorum commensurate with the dignity of the esteemed establishment.”
If you too are one who is excited to hear this news of guided tour to the Supreme Court, you can join such a tour by booking your tour online. Tourists will have to book their tour online to have a glimpse of the majestic courtrooms and the plush libraries of the Judges’.
The view of the court, which was designed by the architect Ganesh Bhikaji Deolalikar, the court, with its pillared portico and the front verandah, will astonish the tourists to view such amazing neo-classical style of architecture. Moreover, an aerial view of the building will let the tourists realize that the architecture symbolises the scales of justice.
On coming out of the building, tourists can view a lush green lawn in the very middle of which, the ornamental shrubs depicts the sculpture of a mother and son. The credit for this amazing lawn design goes to modernist sculptor Chintamuni Kar. The Courts of India, however, terms this view as Mother India embracing her son, the Indian republic. As the son also has a book in his hands, it represents the law of the land.