Maharashtra plans to set up up a multi-storeyed facility in Mumbai that can accommodate 5,000 inmates. The new jail will free up the crowd in Arthur Road Jail. The prison will be designed like the Miami Correction Facility in the United States of America to overcome the acute paucity of land in the metropolis.
Maharashtra Has An Urgent Need To Build Prisons
Additional Director General of Police (Prisons) Sunil Ramanand said “The Women and Child Welfare department in Chembur has agreed to give us a 15-acre plot. If we get this land, we can build a multi-storeyed prison. Arthur Road Jail is overcrowded and cannot be expanded any further.”
Maharashtra has an urgent need to build prisons as the number of inmates rose for 24,000 to 36,000 in the city. Incidentally, 13,000 inmates are out on bail, which is why the current prison population is around 33,000. There are plans to build prisons in Pune, Hingoli, Palghar and Gondia,” the ADG informed.
Maharashtra Government Starts Jail Tourism In State
Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh announced that the government shall commence jail tourism in the state. First, Pune’s Yerwada Jail will be thrown open to the public for tourism. The second phase would include opening prisons in Nagpur, Thane and Ratnagiri. Deshmukh stated to Financial Express that this jail tourism shall be a novel experience for students, citizens, and even history scholars to learn more about its historical values. Constructed in 1866, Yerwada Central Prison is Maharashtra’s largest jail. It’s also one of the biggest maximum-security jails in India housing around 5000 inmates.
Inauguration of the Jail Tourism Initiative- LIVE https://t.co/bwKQQXgeRm
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So, the next time you visit Pune, a trip to Yerawada Jail must be on your itinerary. After all, it’s your chance to understand our country and it’s fascinating history in a deeper way