Mangalore, July 25: K J George, Home minister of Karnataka told the state legislative council on Thursday July 24 that the government has proposed for constructing a high security prison in the coastal region. He was replying to a question raised by MLC, Ivan D’Souza.
Explaining the scenario, George said, “About 100 acres of land falling under various survey numbers spread over Kurnad and Chelur villages in Bantwal taluk has been identified for the construction of the proposed high security prison. Out of this, 63.89 acres of land is already in the possession of the department, and steps are being taken to acquire the remaining 41 acres of land required for the prison through Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board.”
Talking about the district jail located in Mangalore, the minister said it can accommodate 200 prisoners. A total of 361 male and 12 female prisoners including under-trials have been presently lodged in this jail.
“The government plans to conduct proper repairs to the old prison building and use the same for housing of notorious prisoners separately in future,” he said.