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Decks cleared to acquire land for new prison in Mumbai: Maha

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The has told the that it has finally completed formalities to acquire land for a new prison complex here, four years after it made the proposal.

As per an affidavit submitted in the high by the yesterday, the will hand over around 52,000 sq mt plot at Mandale village near Mankhurd to the state by next month for the construction of the new prison.

The construction of the new prison was proposed by the in 2014 to overcrowding in the existing prisons in and around

As per the affidavit, the state home department, the department, and other stakeholders on January 3.

All formalities were completed during the meeting and the state minister directed the to hand over the 52,000 sq.m. plot within a month's time.

Appearing for the state, informed the that the had also been directed to appoint an and prepare the plan and estimates for the new construction.

In the meantime, Sakhre said, the state had already begun constructing "eight new barracks at the premises in since the prison has sufficient space" for the same.

"All new construction at the Yerwada premises and the proposed site in Mankhurd will be done in line with the suggestions of the state's prison reforms committee," Sakhre said.

The affidavit was filed in compliance with a previous order of the high court.

In February 2017, a bench led by Justice AS Oka had directed the to set up a committee headed by a retired and experts as members to conduct a "scientific study on setting up a model prison with necessary infrastructure and steps to reduce overcrowding in jails."

Following the court's order at the time, the state had conducted an inspection, which revealed that the Arthur road jail in and the were severely overcrowded.

It had also revealed that the prisons across the state did not have adequate number of toilets and bathrooms, and that the male inmates often had to bathe in the open. In the women's cell too, there were inadequate number of toilets and bathrooms.

The inspection report had also said that these toilets were ill-maintained and dirty.

In the affidavit submitted on Friday, the state said that the central prisons in Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Aurangabad, and required around 200 additional toilets, bathrooms, and bathing platforms.

"We are carrying out repair work at the existing toilets and bathrooms. We will soon allocate funds for construction of new toilets and bathrooms too," Sakhre said.

The court has now directed the state to submit by February 12 a chart detailing all repair and construction work that is proposed or currently being undertaken, the cost for the same, and the time that will be taken to complete all such work.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 13:00 IST