Director-General of Police for Prisons, Rajiv Trivedi has arrived here to monitor the shifting of the prisoners.
Warangal Urban: Following the State government’s decision to construct a super speciality hospital on the premises of Warangal central prison here, the process of shifting the inmates to other prisons including that of highly secured Cherlapally central prison has commenced on Tuesday. Director-General of Police for Prisons, Rajiv Trivedi has arrived here to monitor the shifting of the prisoners.
Speaking to the media persons, the DG said that the process of shifting the prisoners would be completed in about 15 to 20 days. “We have shifted as many as 119 prisoners (80 male and 39 female) to other prisons in the State on Tuesday,” he said and added that there were a total of 956 prisoners in the Warangal central prison.
According to authorities of the Prisons department, convicts and under trail (UT) prisoners will be shifted to Cherlapally central prison, while others are being shifted to Mahabubabad and Khammam prisons. “While there are a total of 267 staff at the Warangal central prison, they will be transferred and given postings considering their willingness,” the DG prisons said adding that they would construct a high-security prison with state-of-the-art facilities on the outskirts of Warangal city in next two years.
The Central Prison at Warangal, was established in the year 1886 on a 65.4 acres of the site. While 5.9 acres of land was allotted to construct the administrative building of the Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences (KNRUHS) in 2013, 59.5 acres of land was left with the prison. Since the prisons department is running manufacturing units, a committee has been constituted with officials to examine the possibility of shifting the machinery and tools, according to prison superintendent Santhosh Kumar Roy. “Fifty prisoners were retained to run three petrol bunks of the jail in the city,” Roy added.
A Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Sunday directed authorities to handover the campus to the Health department by month end to facilitate construction of the super speciality hospital. Sources said that the State government had already identified 120 acres of the land against the total requirement of 130 acres of the land adjacent to the 4th TSSPC battalion at Mamnoor on Warangal outskirts, for construction of the new prison.
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