By Tanveer Ahmed
Gilgit- Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Haif Hafeez u Rehman on Tuesday inaugurated the first phase of Central Jail in Minawar Gilgit. The project’s first phase has been completed within 41 months at a cost of 399.99 million rupees.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, the Chief Minister said that in the past prisoners were not provided with adequate facilities, and the ambiance of jail was dilapidated and shattering. By building the first phase we have achieved a step towards modernizing the facilities in jail so as to ensure the prisoners’ basic requirements . Hafiz also directed secretary home and prison Gilgit-Baltistan, Bilal Memon to setup educational and technical centers at the premises of central jail to impart training to the prisoners with the aim to make them responsible and useful citizen of society.
He went on saying that there were no proper jails setup in the region to keep convicted persons, but now the problem has been resolved after successful completion of this project. The state’s responsibility to protect citizens and moderating the system, which has been completed by establishing required infrastructure.
Chief Minister also added that in future central jail’s command and control system will be upgraded . He expressed satisfaction over performance of works department to timely complete the phase-I within the stipulated time. “Funds for the 2nd and 3rd phase will be released timely as government has earmarked sufficient budget for development sector.” he added.
Prior to the ceremony Inspector General prisons GB Momin Jan briefed Chief Minister and other officials about the features of the project. The ceremony was attended by Deputy Speaker Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly Jafarullah Khan, secretary for Home and Prisons Bilal Memon, Inspector General Police GB Sabir Ahmed and other officials.
The PC-1 of the said project was approved in December 2013 and construction work was started in May 2014. Due to efforts of GB government the phase 1 has been completed in 41 months, however, the rest of the work is expected to complete by 2018.
In the phase one, there are seven barracks including one A- class barrack, eight wall watch towers, 16ft high boundary wall with gate, 12ft high boundary wall with gates and external water supply and sewerage system. Prisoners will be shifted there from other jails before June 2018. The Chief Minister also awarded certificates of appreciation to project director and contractor for completion of work before the given time.