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Six years after deadline, Delhi to get a new jail in Mandoli

delhi Updated: Oct 10, 2016 15:05 IST
Prawesh Lama
Prawesh Lama
Hindustan Times
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The Mandoli jai will open in November bringing respite to officials in Tihar and Rohini.(HT FILE)

A new prison complex is set to open next month in the city, around 35 years after the Delhi government proposed to construct a jail and ease the woes of the packed to capacity Tihar jail.

The Mandoli jail, which will open in second week of November, will provide respite to officials in Tihar and Rohini jail, who currently manage 14,469 prisoners against the sanctioned strength of 6,250.

The current prison population in Delhi is the highest to date, officials said. Prison officers said because of the over population of prisoners, the prisoner to guard ratio today is 1:15. The ideal prisoner to guard ratio is 1:3 .

Tihar Jail officials say they have to manage more than twice the capacity of the prison and it becomes difficult for them to monitor and protect every prisoner. Jail riots often break out in Tihar, one of Asia’s largest prison complexes.

Prison officials said that the Mandoli jail has a capacity of 3,777 inmates. The prison complex was expected to be finished by 2010. However, the construction was completed last month only. Jail officers have started the recruitment for the new jail.


The new jail will help reduce burden on Tihar and Rohini prisons
  • To be built on the outskirts of Delhi in Nand Nagri, near the Delhi- UP Border.
  • Nearest Metro station is Dilshad Garden (red line -Dilshad Garden-Rithala)
  • Spread over an area of 68 acres, the Mandoli jail can accommodate 3,777 prisoners
  • Delhi police will also buy 10-12 prison vans by the end of this year, to transfer prisoners to courts
  • One separate jail will be there for women inmates.

Spread over 68 acres, the complex will have six separate jail compounds. Sources said around 1500 prisoners will be shifted to Mandoli in the first week.

Unlike Tihar and the Rohini jail, the new prison will have an air cooler circulation system, which will ensure that prisoners will not require air coolers during the summer. In 2007, seven inmates in Tihar due to the heat wave. Air coolers and exhaust fans were installed across all jails after the incident.

The Mandoli jail was supposed to be launched last year but jail officers sought modification of the locks and other specifications related to security such as watch towers and mask lights. At the new jail, the height of the boundary walls has been increased to 22 feet from the 14-feet boundary walls in Tihar and Rohini.

Government sources said, initially, prisoners with a good record in prison would be shifted to Mandoli. There is also one high security ward in Mandoli for prisoners booked in heinous cases.

“Initially, only two jails inside the complex will be opened. The prisoners who are mostly first time offenders will be shifted here. There will be a detailed security review after which four other jails will be opened in different phases,” said a jail officer.

First Published: Oct 10, 2016 14:28 IST