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Interior Minister Announces Islamabad Model Jail Completion Within 6 Months

Interior Minister

Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi has announced that the construction of the Islamabad Model Jail, long-stalled, will be completed within six months. This declaration comes after years of delays in the project, with the chief commissioner setting a previous deadline of 100 days for its readiness.

Islamabad Model Jail Completion

Interior Minister

During an inspection of the under-construction facility at H-16, Minister Naqvi emphasized the urgency of the project’s completion. He directed officials to expedite the first phase of construction, with both the chief commissioner and the IGP Islamabad tasked with ensuring regular progress reviews. Stressing the importance of continuous work, Naqvi urged for round-the-clock construction efforts.

Chief Commissioner Islamabad Mohammad Ali Randhawa provided insights into the project, highlighting its approval back in 2011. The jail, designed to accommodate 2,000 prisoners initially, will eventually house an additional 2,000 inmates.

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Recent efforts to fast-track the project included directives issued during a meeting on May 6, where authorities emphasized the need for makeshift arrangements to alleviate overcrowding in Adiala jail. Despite significant progress, challenges such as resource allocation and staff appointments remain to be addressed.

Originally scheduled for completion in July 2019 with a budget of Rs3.9 billion, the project’s timeline and cost have been revised multiple times. Now estimated at Rs18.2 billion, the revised completion date is set for July 2024. Factors contributing to delays and cost escalations include changes in scope, infrastructure requirements, and inflation.

The project’s inception dates back to 2007, with site selection finalized in 2012 and land allocation completed by 2014. However, political considerations, including debates over the project’s location within green and buffer zones, led to further delays during the PTI government in 2020.

Despite challenges, the federal government’s decision to proceed with the construction at the designated site underscores the significance of addressing the pressing need for adequate prison facilities in the capital.