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Maha: Prison building crumbles as it finds no takers

The building, constructed over 17.5 hectares of land with a cost of around Rs 14 crore, is in shambles after about one-and-half yrs of completion.



Gadchiroli: The newly constructed district prison building here has been lying vacant what with the prison department unwilling to take its charge resulting in frequent thefts of its infrastructure, police sources alleged.

The building, constructed over 17.5 hectares of land with a cost of around Rs 14 crore, is in shambles after just about one-and-half years of its completion, as the state prison department has not taken charge of it, official sources said.

The jail campus, housing administrative building, kitchen barrack, canteen, cultural hall, garrage, residential quarters, internal roads, water supply scheme, fire fighting measures, dispensaries and having a capacity to lodge 500 prisoners, has reported thefts of fixtures including electrical and sanitary parts worth over Rs 20 lakh despite its huge protection walls and main doors being locked, police said.

However, no one has been held so far in connection with the thefts, police said.

The construction of the jail building, which was accorded administrative approval in July 2003 by the state Home department, was started in May 2005 and completed in February last year, PWD officials said.

Even after repeated letters to the Prison department, the building has not been taken over by it till date for want of necessary staff (around 450), as no steps have been initiated by the state for their recruitment, sources said.

Meanwhile, police officials said heavy expenses are incurred on producing accused in courts here by bringing them from jails in Nagpur, Chandrapur and others, where they are lodged.

PTI

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