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Pune: 150-year-old Yerwada Jail from Republic Day to welcome tourists

In an unique initiative, the Maharashtra government has chosen to open up significant penitentiaries in the state for ‘prison the travel industry’, beginning January 26 with the noteworthy Yerwada Central Jail, Pune, on its 150th commemoration, Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said here on Saturday.

Boss Minister Uddhav Thackeray will dispatch the activity on Republic Day within the sight of Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and other high ranking representatives, he said.

“This is the first phase of ‘jail tourism’. Later, it will be extended to other prisons like Nagpur, Nashik, Thane, etc. We shall levy a small fee, Rs 5 for school students, Rs 10 for collegians and Rs 50 for general tourists,” Deshmukh said.

Underlying 1871, certain pieces of the YCJ – spread across 512 sections of land of rich greenery, one of the biggest in South Asia – will permit travelers, other than understudies, scientists and different gatherings to go around and study different parts of the prison saturated with history, and firmly connected with India’s battle for Independence.

Probably the most conspicuous noteworthy figures who have invested energy here incorporate Mahatma Gandhi, Motilal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Subhas Chandra Bose, Sarojini Naidu, Lokmanya Keshav (Bal) Gangadhar Tilak, Joachim Alva and Veer Savarkar.

During the Emergency, notables who were imprisoned included Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Pramila Dandawate, Balasaheb Deoras, Vasant Nargolkar, among others.

All the more as of late, Kisan Baburao moniker Anna Hazare, Bollywood entertainer Sanjay Dutt, scamster Abdul Karim Telgi, ex-mafia wear Arun G. Gawli were likewise sent here by the courts.

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