14,000 inmates crammed into the 6,250-capacity Tihar Jail will get some relief soon with two modern prisons coming up in the capital.
The new jails are coming up in east Delhi's Mandoli area and southwest Delhi's Narela. While work on the Mandoli prison has already started, the land acquisition process is on for the second.
"The boundary walls of a new jail in Mandoli are under construction. Work on the 3,500-capacity jail building would start in June," director general of prisons BK Gupta said.
"We hope that the prison will be ready in two years' time and help us in decongesting the existing jails," said Gupta.
Delhi has 10 jails - nine prison houses in the 400-acre Tihar complex and one in Rohini.
The Mandoli complex, being built over 68.6 acres of land, would cost Rs 1.68 billion and comprise six jails.
The Narela prison would come up over 40 acres and house approximately 1,200 inmates. "The land acquisition process is going on," said Sunil Gupta, Tihar law officer.
Both the prisons would have all the high tech equipment necessary for better surveillance and security. These would include closed circuit TV cameras, mobile jammers, biometric fingerprint identification systems, multi-zonal doorframe metal detectors and X-ray scanners to check visitors' bags.
The new prisons would also have their own in-house courts.
Most of the inmates in Tihar, one of Asia's largest prisons, are from Delhi -- 66.88 per cent of the men and 87.76 per cent of the women.
The death row in the Tihar complex has 10 inmates, including parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru. Besides, 864 prisoners, including 25 women, have been awarded life term.
The jail also provides shelter to 397 foreigners from 30 countries. While 289 are from Asian countries, 94 are Africans.