To keep peeping toms away from getting the inside view of the Arthur Road Jail, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has come up with a solution.
The development authority will put up steel view cutters on the guideway structure along the monorail route alignment running alongside the jail and construct two watchtowers on either side of the route to prevent internal view of the jail.
The MMRDA has also offered to build a higher wall for the jail; the existing wall length is 80 feet. These decisions were taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Home Minister R.R. Patil on Thursday and a go ahead was given for construction of the monorail along the Sane Guruji Marg. “The monorail will come up in front of the Arthur Road Jail along the Sane Guruji Marg and we will take the necessary measures and precautions,” Metropolitan Commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad said.
It will take only 15 seconds for the monorail to pass the jail premises and in case of any failure, a rescue train will be used to pull or push the disabled rail to the station within five to seven minutes, the officials said.
“We emphasised on the fact that there is no station planned near the prison area and that we will be using 32 metre long guideway spans to allow easy movement for all vehicles getting in and out of the prison,” Joint Metropolitan Commissioner Ashwini Bhide said.
It will be constructed 14 metres away from the prison wall. Initially there had been concerns of building the monorail so close to jail as it houses high value prisoners, including 26/11 terror attacks convict Ajmal Kasab.