Sukesh Ram loves the city's nippy winter, but dreads taking a bath once the season arrives.
However, Ram, a 50-year-old robbery convict lodged in the Tihar Jail, does not need to skip bathing this winter, thanks to the project carried out by the prison authorities.
According to a source, under the project, the authorities with the help of a government agency have installed 11 solar water-heating systems across the 10 sub-jails at subsidised rates.
The jail spokesperson Sunil Gupta said, "With solar water-heating system, the inmates will now get warm water for several purposes, including bathing, washing and cooking."
The rooftop water-heating system that taps solar energy across the jail's 400-acre campus will also fulfill the energy requirement in the jail's manufacturing units, which produce a range of products sold under the TJ brand.
The project aims at turning the jail complex into the world's first green detention centre, which can produce the energy required by it from renewable sources, said the source. The authorities also plan to use the garbage churned out by the jail's 10,500 inmates daily to produce biogas and electricity, which will be used in the kitchens and manufacturing units.
Along with the water-heating systems, the inmates can avail of a few more facilities being made available to them this winter by the authorities. Till now, only the undertrials at Mulahiza Ward (First Time Offenders ward) in the sub-jails were able to access hot food from custom-made trolleys brought to them by the jail staff.
"From this winter, the trolleys will provide hot food to all the inmates and not just the first-time offenders. We had received requests from several inmates in this regard," said the jail source.
The jail authorities are also setting-up a blanket-manufacturing unit at sub-jail eight. "The blankets made here will be for in-house purposes and also for sale outside the jail complex," said the source. The unit, to be run by a team of specially-trained 40 inmates, will start producing blankets by December- end, he added.