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The district authorities of jail in Sangareddy have planted around 10,000 teak wood plants in a span of one and a half years.
Vk Singh who is the director general of police (prisons) said that plan is to plant three lakh teakwood plants in the premises of jail, the motive behind this is not only to contribute towards the environment but also to give the prisoners a source of income, while their stay in the jail.
This ambitious plan may turn into reality by looking at the way this initiative has been taken up and worked upon. Around 10,000 teakwood were planted at Sangareddy district jail at Kandi village in just one and a half years, at Sangareddy district jail at kandi village which have now grown to a considerable height, some have grown upto 12 feet.
The jail authorities have used most of their land for the purpose of plantation specifically. Out of total land of 39.94 acres 26 acres have been used for tree plantation, making it one of the greenest jails in the region. Apart from teak, 2500 mango, 200 subabul, 300 all neredu and 300 chinna badam too have been planted said Jail Superintendent Santosh Kumar.
The nursery which includes 20 varieties of Euphorbia Mily, Crotons, Lilly,Jasmine and Golden Dorantha are taken care by the prisoners, around 15 of them do this on a turn to turn basis. Many prisoners show eagerness to take care of the nursery. Since these prisoners are occupied with gardening Santosh Kumar said that they have even noticed a positive change in the behaviour of the prisoners as nature has the power to soothe the soul and this is showing in the behaviour of the prisoners which have now changed completely.
The major part of the land is used for nursery and plantation and this is distinguishing factor of this jail as compared to any other jail in the area. The main jail building and quarters occupy just 13.94 acres and rest of 39.94 acres is left for greenery. The idea is to create a helpful environment for social improvement and treatment and at the same time make a difference to the environment.