The proposal for setting up an ‘open jail’ in Baprola in Dwarka, which has been gathering dust for a while now, will be revived with the concept being discussed at a top-level meeting attended by the chief secretary recently.
The proposal to have an open jail in Tihar has also got the requisite approval. Apart from these, the government is also planning to commission a semi-open jail in Rohini prisons complex.
Explaining the concept, a Delhi government official said an open jail has minimal supervision and perimeter security and inmates are not locked up in cells. “Only those prisoners with good conduct and who are physically and mentally fit, and willing to do hard work” will be housed in such jails, the official said.
“The aim is to mould the thinking of prisoners towards positive activities by reposing trust in them. This will enable their re-socialisation after release from jail,” the official said.
During a recent prison administration review meeting attended by Delhi government officers and Director General (Prisons), it was decided that land will be acquired in Baprola for setting up the open jail.
The proposal, which was initiated in 1996, failed to take off due to the delay in land acquisition in Baprola. “The land will now be acquired in coordination with land and building department,’’ an official said.
These new jails will help to decongest Tihar prison, which currently houses about 10,000 prisoners against a capacity of 6,000 prisoners.
Principal Secretary (PWD) has been directed to clear all construction projects of jails at the earliest.
Delhi government officials said the construction of the new jails will be completed soon.
The construction work of all the six jails in the Mandoli Jail complex will be commissioned by end of December this year. It will have the capacity to house 3,700 prisoners. “Tihar prisons complex has nine jails while Rohini complex has three jails. The proposed Mandoli prison complex will have six jails in an area of 78.62 acres which was allotted by DDA on payment,” the official said.
The official said land has been acquired in Tikri Khurd village for constructing a jail in Narela and the payment has also been made. Also, 747 posts of jails officials lying vacant will be soon filled. Directions in this regard have already been passed, the official said.