HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: A taskforce formed to study physical and managerial aspects of all 74 prisons in the country has recommended that the government relocate Kathmandu-based Central Jail to Bidur Municipality, Nuwakot.
Stating that the Central Jail based in Sundhara, established in 1914, had limited prospects for an -expansion, the panel said it now needs to be relocated. The first ever prison in the country, meant for 1,200, now holds 1,980 inmates.
All district prisons are overcrowded with inmates, said the five-member taskforce led by lawmaker Khadka in its 36-page report submitted to PM Baburam Bhattarai on Friday.
The taskforce, formed as per the December 27 Cabinet decision, includes exAIG Ramesh Kumar Shre-stha, advocate Sunil Ranjan Singh and former director of National Investigation Department Bhagwat Choudhary. Director general of the Department of Prison Durga Prasad Bhattarai was appointed member secretary.
“The taskforce visited various parts of the country in search of an appropriate place for the Central Jail. We found that the area in Bidur Municipality, Nuwakot, along the banks of the Trishuli was most suited for the facility,” the report said.
“We recommend that the government take immediate steps to relocate the Central Jail to the area occupying around, which stretches over 800 ropanis.”
“A detailed master-plan for a prison house, hospital, playground, school, security office, quarters for empl-oyees should be prepared,” the report suggested.