Odisha’s biggest, first green model jail to come up at Jamujhari

Bhubaneswar: The biggest jail of Odisha will come up at Jamujhari on outskirts of Bhubaneswar city, which will be the new address of the Special Jail located at Jharpada here in the state capital.

The proposed jail will be built in an area of 50 acre at Jamujhari near Bhubaneswar city. This will be the state’s biggest and first green model prison with zero carbon emission. The jail be designed to accommodate 2500 prisoners, informed Director General (Prisons) Manoj Chhabra today.

According to reports, Odisha Government has approved the project for construction of the state’s biggest prison. The construction work will be completed in two years following which existing Jharpada jail will be shifted to Jamujhari.

As per the project plan, the new jail will have a hospital, amphitheatre, library, gym, bakery unit and food processing unit for jail inmates. It will also have a large space for women prisoners.

Jharpada jail has been overcrowded and located in a densely populated area. At present, nearly 1200 prisoners are lodged at the jail. As there is no space, further expansion of the jail could not be possible. The jail needs to be relocated to the model jail from the security point of view, Chhabra added.

Currently, Odisha has 87 jails accommodating total 18,596 prisoners. The Circle Jail at Choudwar in Cuttack is considered to be the biggest jail with 1156 inmates.

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