The completion of an upcoming prison-complex in northeast Delhi’s Mandoli area, which is likely to decongest Tihar jail, has been delayed by six months due to an escalation in the project’s cost.
The Mandoli sub-jail, which can accommodate between 3,700 and 4,500 inmates, was scheduled to be functional by June but will now be ready for use only by December, said a jail source.
“There was an escalation in the cost for the last phase of the construction activities at the upcoming prison complex. Due to this, we now require requisite state government approvals as per the rules and that will take some time,” said Sunil Gupta, Tihar prison’s law officer.
“Once completed, the Mandoli complex is expected to decongest Tihar prison, which currently has around 12,500 inmates though the sanctioned capacity is only around 6,500,” added Gupta.
Once functional, the Mandoli complex is likely to accommodate up to 75% of Tihar’s surplus population — around 6,000, according to the jail source. To decongest the existing prisons, there are proposals to build other jails at Narela and Baprola too, the source said.
The Mandoli jail complex will have six sub-jails — one each for housing convicts, first-time offenders, long-term under trials, adolescents and high-security inmates, the source said.
The Mandoli complex will have “air-circulation in all wards, dual water supply system, reverse osmosis system, sewage treatment and rainwater harvesting systems for inmates,” said the source.
“Keeping the safety of inmates in mind, there will be no electric fixtures inside the wards,” he said.