HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
POKHARA: Kaski District Prison is facing space crunch. While 45 inmates sleep in a room suitable for just 10, some jailbirds are forced to sleep in the passage.
The inflow of inmates has been five times more than its the capacity. There are 331 prisoners — 39 females and 292 males — doing time in Kaski jail which can accommodate only 60 inmates — 40 males and 20 females.
On top of that, tin-roofed building of the prison is making it extremely difficult for the prisoners to endure the summer heat. According to the Jail administration, a new concrete building, which is under construction, might not be completed for at least a year.
Apart from crowded rooms, water scarcity is another problem in the jail, said Jailer Sunil Adhikari. “We are using water from the tanker,” he said.
The water in the jail is consumed by 331 prisoners, 23 security personnel and other staff.
“Drinking water problem has increased as the drinking water pipes have been swept away by the flood in the Seti river,” added Adhikari.