New jail in Goa to be opened tomorrow, to replace Fort Aguada
Panaji: A new jail at Colvale in Goa would open tomorrow, replacing the century old Fort Aguada jail.
The new facility, spread across 2,25,034 square metres and built at the cost of Rs 107 crore, would be inaugurated by Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, Inspector General of Prisons Elvis Gomes told.
It would be called a correction home keeping in mind the guidelines of National Human Rights Commission, he said.
The actual shifting of prisoners will begin after seven days, the IGP said.
To start with, the new jail will accommodate about 300 inmates. It would include all the 122 inmates of Aguada jail, inmates of judicial lock-up at Mapusa, and some inmates of Sada sub-jail.
The construction work of the jail was speeded up following the High Court’s intervention sometime ago.
“The work was accelerated in the last two months after the Chief Minister paid a visit,” said Gomes.
The new jail has a 15-bed hospital, a dental unit, a pathology lab and a pharmacy.