Punjab government will construct three ultra modern high security at Amritsar, Bathinda and Muktsar at a total cost of Rs. 300 crore within two years.
A government spokesperson said that the decision was taken by Chief Minister, Prakash Singh Badal in a meeting with the officials of the jails department today. “The Central Jail, Amritsar will be constructed over an area of 49 acres while Central Jail, Bathinda over 38 acres with the capacity to accommodate 2000 prisoners in each and the Muktsar Jail would accommodate 1000 inmates and be constructed over an area of 25 acres. All the new jails would have identical plan that included 26 feet outer wall with number of 40 feet high Peripheral Towers and one 80 feet central tower for observing even slight movements inside the Jail,” said that spokesperson.
The spokesperson further stated that Badal asked the Jail department official to install CCTV cameras, Mobile jammers and other security equipment to ensure proper security in these upcoming Jails. Further, the government will chalk out the modalities to ban two storied construction up to 100 feet from the outer walls of these new jails.
The spokesperson further added that Chief Minister advised the Jails department to adopt the process of consolidated tendering for all these jails to ensure the participation of big construction companies for quality work.
Badal said that in order to create self-discipline amongst inmates, Jail authorities should create educational and sports facilities like a School or a College in the new Jails, besides Skill training opportunities for inmates.