Sada Sub Jail authorities in Vasco Monday shifted 30 of the total 150 jail inmates to the Colvale jail after the Public Works Department (PWD) authorities inspected the jail premises and advised them to vacate the cells located on the first floor of the jail building, following the collapse of a portion of concrete slab on Sunday late evening.
A portion of the weak concrete slab of cell number 10 had come crashing down on Sunday evening. The PWD will be taking up the repair works on the first floor of the jail building.
As a part of precautionary measures, the Sada jail authorities decided to shift the inmates to the Colvale jail immediately following an inspection conducted by PWD’s executive engineer (buildings) Vallabh Velingkar and assistant engineer A Nagarachi in the presence of jail superintendent, Deputy Collector and Sub Divisional Magistrate, Mormugao, Gaurish Shankhwalkar, assistant superintendent of jail Bhanudas Pednekar and others on Monday.
Speaking to this daily, Nagarachi said that the PWD has decided to take up urgent repairs of cell numbers 6 to 10, all of which are located on the first floor of the jail building. He said that the cells have developed cracks and there is seepage of rainwater through the ceiling.
“The PWD authorities will prepare an estimate of the works before initiating the repairs,” said Nagarachi and added that PWD would use corrosion-resistant gadolinium, which is a rare-earth metal, during the repair work so as to avoid seepage of water through the ceiling. “The repair works, which will be taken up during dry spell, will stretch over a period of about 15-20 days,” he said adding that the jail authorities have been asked to shift the inmates lodged in cells located on the first floor to avoid any tragedy.
Assistant superintendent of jail Bhanudas Pednekar said as per the order received from the Inspector General of Prisons, the Sada Sub Jail authorities have decided to shift 30 inmates to the Colvale jail. “The other inmates, including those lodged in the women’s cell have been accommodated in other basement cells,” he said.
Pednekar said that the shifting of the 30 inmates to the Colvale jail is a temporary arrangement in order to allow the PWD authorities to prepare the estimate and undertake the repair works and that the inmates will be brought back to the Sada Sub Jail once the repair work ends.
Tight security was maintained at the entrance gate of the Sada Sub Jail as the inmates were shifted to the Colvale jail.