The Telangana government has launched a new offer called ‘Feel the Jail’ giving tourists in the locale a chance to visit the colonial-era jail that was built in the year 1796 under the Nizam rule in Hyderabad.
The government now allows any person to spend the night in the jail to gain a once-in-a-lifetime experience of being under detention. During the stay, ‘inmates’ will be provided with uniform, a mug, mattress and soap, the 220-year-old prison aims to give you the feel of what the prisoners in the colonial era felt in the 24 hour confinement. Vinoy Kumar Singh, Director General of prisons said this initiative is done to promote tourism.
“When I took charge this jail was in dilapidated condition. So, I thought this is a really historical monument for the district and for the state. We can change this jail into heritage jail and museum which will depict the history of jail in this state….I thought that the citizens should get a feel of the jail how it is inside. For that reason we have used certain cells to be let out for 500 rupees and live like a prisoner for 24 hours,” he told ANI here.
He said the Prison department Telangana state has initiated many innovations for reformation and rehabilitation of the prisoners and their welfare and revenue generation for the department. “In this regard we have returned the 220 years old Sangareddy district jail into a heritage jail and museum. First in 1796 it was built by the Nizams for use of the stable of the horses which afterwards was used as a jail and continued as a district jail till 2012 when new district jail Sangareddy was constructed,” he added.