New Delhi, Apr 16 (PTI) In a move to decongest over-crowded Tihar Jail, the city government is planning to redevelop its single-storey buildings into four-storey ones, said Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain today.

Besides decongesting it, the move would also provide sufficient playgrounds for inmates of the high-security jails, he said.

Addressing a gathering on the launch of ‘Samarthan’ project in collaboration with Mental Health Foundation here, Jain said that the group games should be promoted among prisoners for their mental fitness.

The event was also attended, among others, by acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal of the Delhi High Court.

“The group games should be used as a meditation and promoted in the jails. In view of this, the government will reconstruct single-storey buildings into four-storey ones in the jails so that more land is available for playing games,” the minister said.

A Tihar jail official said jail numbers 1, 2 and 3 were built in 1960s and need to be reconstructed.

Under the ‘Samarthan’ project, inmates who suffers mental health issues, will be able to avail expert medial assistance from the trained jail staffers.

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