North-east’s first state-of-the art prison near Agartala is all set for inauguration on October 2, Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, marking the closure of the 139-year-old central jail in the city.
As final touches are being given to the new structure on 33 acres at Ghaniamara in Bishalgarh sub-division, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and Minister for Prisons Manindra Reang reviewed its work at a high-level meeting. “Ninety five per cent of the work has been done and the rest would be completed within a short time,” Secretary of Prisons Samarjit Bhowmik said after the meeting.
Mr. Sarkar instructed the departments concerned to get the prison ready at the earliest to ensure planned shifting of inmates and jail administration. Mr. Sarkar would visit the new jail to oversee the facilities.
According to officials, the jail premise is the biggest and most modern in the North-east. It has the capacity to house 975 convicts and under trials. It has a separate compound for women prisoners.
“All facilities like kitchen, dining hall, play ground, sentry barrack, administrative building, vocational training centre, hospital, playground, watch towers, water pump and staff quarters are available in the new jail,” an official said. The jail also has a separate cell for detainees granted division by the courts. However, it does not have gallows and presently, there is no one on death row in Tripura.
The existing central jail was built by Tripura’s erstwhile king in 1874 to accommodate 355 inmates.
According to officials, the jail premise is the biggest and most modern in the North-east.