New jail ready in Amritsar, inmates to be shifted in 2 weeks

  • Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Apr 19, 2016 20:09 IST
The government has already sold the 90 acres of old jail on Ajnala Road. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)

The shifting of prisoners from old jail to the New Central Jail will start soon. Spread over 67 acres, the new jail at Fatehpur village is almost complete and is being given finishing touches. The government spent Rs 130 crore on the facility that has a capacity to accommodate over 2,000 inmates.

The government has already sold the 90 acres of old jail on Ajnala Road. The new jail complex that has been handed over to the jails department has seven barracks, including two for women inmates. The new facility has a hospital, a kitchen, canteens and visitors’ section. There are facilities for recreation of prisoners, including outdoor and indoor games.

A training centre to train inmates in crafts besides technical courses will be run for the inmates at the new jail complex.

An 18-foot-high boundary wall has been constructed around the complex. There is one main watch tower at the centre of the jail and 13 towers along the boundary wall. Talking to HT, Amritsar improvement Trust chairman Sandeep Rishi said, “We have sold 80% of the 90-acre land of the old jail. There are 596 plots. Once the prisoners are shifted to the new jail, we will the demolition and start plotting.”

‘Shifting in two weeks’

Claiming that almost everything was ready, deputy commissioner Varun Roojam said, “The shifting of inmates will start in a couple of weeks. There were certain changes that the jails department wanted, which have been made.”

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