Admitting that there is overcrowding in the prisons of Punjab, jail minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur said on Sunday that one ultra-modern jail each would be constructed in the districts of Muktsar, Bathinda, Ferozepur and Amritsar to tackle the problem.
Punjab already has ultra-modern jails at Nabha, Kapurthala and Patiala.
"Land has already been acquired for the purpose in Muktsar, Bathinda and Ferozepur. For Amritsar, the acquisition process would begin soon," the minister told reporters, adding that the construction of the jails would start at the earliest.
Each jail will have a capacity of 3,000 inmates to cope with overcrowding for at least 10 years, he claimed.
About the rising number of incidents of escape of inmates from the court premises, Phillaur said the upcoming jails would have video conferencing facility, so that there would be no need to take inmates to courts for hearings.
Regarding the availability of drugs and mobile phones to inmates, the minister said the district police concerned had been instructed to conduct surprise raids frequently, adding that many such raids had already been conducted.
Jail committees are being constituted in each district for better monitoring of jails, he added.