Meerut, Feb 8: Uttar Pradesh government has decided to construct eight new jails in the state with four coming up in western parts of the state.
Director General (Jail) Anand Kumar, while talking to media persons here on Saturday after inaugurating the jail radio at the Coudhury Chran Singh district jail, said the four new jails in west UP would be constructed in Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Hapur and Saharanpur. Lands have been identified for Muzaffarnagar, Hapur and Saharanpur, while efforts to identify the land is underway in Shamli. He said that presently against the capacity of 60,000 prisoners in the jails of UP, there are 1.05 lakh prisoners, which has forced the government to create additional jails.
Besides these four new jails in west UP, the other jails to be constructed are at Sant Kabir Nagar, Shravasti, Hatras and Etawah. "After construction of these new 8 jails around, 15,000 prisoners would be shifted there," the DG(Jails) said. Besides, the present district jail of Bareilly has been converted into central jail. Mr Kumar said the jails in the state are also being modernised as now video conferencing facilities would be available so that the prisoners would not be required to go to the court. (UNI)