The Taloja jail opened its doors for most wanted criminals and prisoners. The prison was officially inaugurated at the hands of Principal Secretary of Home Dept. Anna Dani. With the Thane, Kalyan and Arthur Road Jail reaching their saturation point, there was an utmost need of making the Taloja jail functional at the earliest. The project finally saw the light of the day as Anna Dani – Principal Secretary of State Home Dept. arrived at Taloja to inaugurate the prison. The event was graced with the presence of IG Uddhav Kamble, DIG Surendra Kumar, PWD Superintending Engineer Nagnath Jalkote and Taloja Jail Superintendent Gyaneshwar Bangar and Thane Jail Superintendent Suresh Chauhan. Spread over an area of 27 hectares, the prison has a capacity of 2124 prisoners. The prison has 5 prisoner’s barrack, 1 kitchen barrack, 1 hospital barrack, 1 high security cell, two individual cell, 1 administrative building, 1 DIG office, 1 armory and guard room, 5 watch towers, 1 PW Chowky and 1 rest house. The project is a joint initiative of the state and central government built at a cost of Rs. 50 Crores. 300 police personnel have been deputed at the prison. On day one, 80 prisoners were shifted to the jail. The prison has been built with latest advancements of the sector and in the near future, plans of installing CCTV, video conferencing like facilities are in the pipeline. The DIG added that the aim of making means of earning available in the prison is to give an opportunity to criminally inclined minds to see the better ways of living life and becoming legitimate citizens of a society. For the police, defeating the criminal minds is a challenge, he said. The other dignitaries too shared their feelings with the media on the occasion. From Taloja, with cameraperson Santosh Bodhare, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.
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