Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service
Shimla, April 2
The first state-of-the-art jail in Himachal on about 10 bighas at Nalagarh in Solan district is nearing completion and expected to be inaugurated by April 15.
The construction of one barrack each for men and women has been completed, besides a multi-purpose hall, a kitchen, a dispensary and a canteen, while 80 per cent work on the third barrack is done. As many as 120 inmates will be housed in the jail.
The spacious green premises will also have an open auditorium, besides an Ahimsa Vatika and open gym. The prison will have better lighting and toilet facilities. Solar panels of 20 KV are being installed. A bakery unit will also come up for which the training of inmates is underway.
120 inmates to be housed
The jail will have a multi-purpose hall, a kitchen, a dispensary and a canteen
120 inmates will be housed in it
The spacious green premises will also have an open auditorium, an Ahimsa Vatika and an open gym
The prison will have better lighting and toilet facilities
Solar panels of 20 KV are being installed
A bakery unit will also come up for which the training of inmates is underway
It is another step towards prison reforms. An industrial kitchen with semi-automatic cooking system has been set up in the jail as the Police Department has already received request to provide meals to workers in the Nalagarh, Baddi and Barotiwala industrial belt, said DGP, Prisons and Correctional Services, Somesh Goyal, adding that the vision was to supply meals to 500 workers.
Horticulture and floriculture will be developed by the captains of the industry, who have also agreed to provide water coolers, television sets and other equipment for the prison. The carpentry unit has been shifted to the jail so that customised furniture could be manufactured, he told The Tribune.
Earlier, the land for the jail was provided 10 km away from the police lines, but he requested the Deputy Commissioner, Solan, to identify land near the lines in view of the security of the prison, Goyal added.
The department, which had started the “har hath ko kam” initiative to rehabilitate the prisoners and set up prison industries, was keen to open jail in Nalagarh as it is an industrial hub. Moreover, it is easy to have tie-ups with the industry to provide training to inmates.