Jharkhand’s prison-like Jharpat-Khandwa jail opens to inmates
The Jhalkhand government is moving to move the state’s maximum security jail into a “prison-like” jail.
The new jail is being built in the Khandwa district of the state, which has a high rate of suicides and drug addiction.
Jharkand Chief Minister Prakash Jha on Monday said he would meet officials from the state government to discuss the jail’s design.
The state government had inked a deal with construction firm Kallang Construction Ltd, which is currently constructing the state jail.
Kallang will build the jail on land owned by the state.
The company has already spent about Rs 20 crore on the construction.
Officials said the state-run prison, which currently houses about 2,000 inmates, would be built at a cost of Rs 18 crore.
It is expected to be completed by 2019.
Jha said he was seeking a solution to the prison crisis.
The jail is run by the Jharmat-Haryana Police and the state has more than a thousand inmates.
The project comes after the state legislature passed a law in January to provide jail inmates with free food and housing.