Maharashtra govt to start jail tourism from R-Day


New Delhi: Maharashtra government will start jail tourism in the state from Pune’s Yerawada prison on January 26.

This will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar at Yerawada Central Jail on the Republic Day.

Jail tourism will facilitate people to visit and see the historical prisons in the state as memories of many freedom fighters imprisoned there have been preserved.

Jail tourism will start from the Yerawada jail in the first phase. Besides Yerawada, prisons in Thane, Nashik and Ratnagiri will also be part of the jail tourism initiative.

 Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said that under the British rule, several freedom fighters, including Mahatma Gandhi, Lokmanya Tilak, Motilal Nehru, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Sarojini Naidu, Subhas Chandra Bose were imprisoned in Yerawada jail.

The Minister said guides will be provided to the visitors and ticket prices will range from Rs 5 to Rs 50. Only 50 visitors will be allowed daily, he added.

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