Authorities at Vadodara Central Jail are planning to give a facelift to the saloon run by prisoners in the jail premises so that it could compete with private hair-cutting saloons in the city and attract more patrons from among the general public.
To begin with,the saloon has been covered with corrugated steel sheet roof so that it can remain open even during the monsoon season and its wooden walls are being replaced with concrete structure.
We want to attract more customers at the saloon by adding more facilities. We want to make it as any other saloon in the city, said R F Sangada,Superintendent of Vadodara Central Jail.
The existing saloon uses sheets of jute clothes as roof. Because of this,we had to keep it closed during the rains, Sanagada said.
The jail saloon charges Rs 10 for haircuts to adults and Rs 5 for children,as against around Rs 40 in private saloons.
Shaving costs just Rs 5 at the jail saloon,compared to around Rs 20 in a private saloon.
We want to take advantage of the difference, Sangada said.
Presently,the saloon has just one hair-dressing chair and does a business of around Rs 300 per day. Now,there are plans to add more chairs. Tailoring and cloth pressing services will also be available under the same roof.
The jail authorities plan to spend around Rs 40,000 for the facelift,which would take a week.
All the work,beginning from construction to roofing,will be done by our inmates and so the cost will be much less, senior jailer G S Sonar,who is overseeing the work,said.
Sangada said a bhajia centre is also in the pipeline.