first_imgKolkata: State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim, along with state Correctional Administration minister Ujjal Biswas, visited the premises of the correctional home in Baruipur to inspect the progress of work. The state government has plans to shift the Alipore Central Correctional Home to Baruipur.”We are in the last phase of work for the interior of the prison. It will have the capacity to house as many as 4,000 inmates. The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) has to do some work pertaining to the infrastructure for the prison like roads, drinking water and sewerage. We are hopeful that the shift will be effective by this year,” said Biswas. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to sources in KMDA, some work inside the prison needs to be completed on the part of KMDA, for which truckloads of construction material is going inside the premises along the road leading to the prison. “We will have to spruce up this road network which can be done only when such heavy goods vehicles stop plying. As soon as the Correctional Administration (CA) department gives us the green signal regarding this, we will build the road infrastructure which will take less than two weeks,” a senior official of KMDA said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedKMDA has already completed the work for drinking water supply inside the prison. “We have informed the CA department that we are ready to do the trial for this purpose whenever they want,” the official added. For the drainage facilities, the height of the compound in the interior of the prison needs to be elevated for the water to drain out. “We have informed the CA department to take steps to do the needful,” the KMDA official said. The Correctional Administration department has plans to shift around 700 prisoners in the first phase and gradually move forward. The present accommodation capacity in Alipore Central Correctional Home is 1,900. But there are above 2,200 inmates at present. In the correctional home, there are many cells which are of immense historical importance and according to an official of the correctional home, those are now heritage sites. There are around 30 heritage cells. There is a single-storeyed building in which Jawaharlal Nehru was imprisoned by the British for three to four months in 1934. There is another two-storeyed heritage building with ten lockups in each floor, where freedom fighters including Chittaranjan Das, Jatindra Mohan Sengupta, Bidhan Chandra Roy and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose were imprisoned in the 1930s.last_img

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