Thrissur: Viyyur Central Prison has become the first jail in the state to have new steam kitchen, UV filter, electric laundry machine and other facilities. The prison has been modernised with a new kitchen building constructed at a cost of Rs 50 lakh and other machineries for cooking worth Rs 85 lakh.
Steam kitchen and vegetable cutting machine helps prepare food for the 900 inmates easily. In order to purify drinking water, a UV filter and water treatment plant has been set up. Earlier, many gas cylinders were required for cooking food. An electric auto also has been purchased for supplying the food to various blocks in the jail.
Washing the clothes of the 900 prisoners was a huge task until the electric power laundry was introduced. As the machine washes and dries clothes, it is useful during monsoon.
DGP has directed to repair the damaged CCTVs in the prison within a week. A video conferencing room with hi-tech facilities is being constructed in the prison. Viyyur prison has presented a total of 700 accused before the court through video conferencing.
The video conferencing room will save a huge amount required for arranging the security and transportation facilities for producing the accused in the courts outside the state. This is more useful in the case of culprits who have cases in other states also. Both money and time can be saved through video conferencing.
In addition to this, a more powerful mobile jammer will be set up in the jail as mobile phones were seized from the prisoners recently. A tetra communication system will be arranged to facilitate the communication of the prison staff. A 30-metre-tall tower has been installed in the jail compound for the purpose.
A store to provide the materials allowed for prisoners also has been started. A board has been put up displaying what items are available in the store. The officers also are happy with the new facilities arranged in the prison.