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Mandoli Jail likely to be thrown open in January ’17 after city govt sanctions funds

After missing all the deadlines in the last 35 years, Mandoli jail complex is likely to be inaugurated in January 2017. Recently, the Delhi government sanctioned Rs 30 crore so that the pending work that is related to the security norms could be completed, sources said.

In June, Millennium Post had published the ground reality of the complex where it was learnt that the complex is breaching the security norms and is failing to serve the purpose. These loopholes were posing threats for the inmates (who are to be shifted here) and for the locals residing near the complex.

After the report, Tihar authorities sought help from the Delhi government to make proper watch towers and to complete other works including some latest techno-friendly systems.

According to sources, the Delhi government has sanctioned Rs 30 crore for the pending construction work, that is yet to be started in the complex. Majority of the work is to make the watch tower, which is the basic necessity to keep a tight vigil on the prisoners who are to be lodged in the Mandoli prison. As many as 55 watch towers are to be constructed, the source said.

The watch tower inside the complex is only 6 feet which should be more than the height of the boundary walls so that the cop keeping eye from the tower can keep a tight vigil in and outside the complex. The ideal height should be between 24 feet to 26 feet.

“Another important construction that is to be started is to increase the height of the boundary wall of the prison complex,” the source added. The boundary walls of the complex is only 12 feet. However, as per the norms, the walls must be 18 feet or above. 

The 68.4 acre jail complex in Mondoli area of North-east Delhi will lodge around 3,800 prisoners, including some of the inmates presently lodged in Tihar Jail.
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