Yerawada observation home to undergo renovations

Sunil Pradhan
Tuesday, 5 June 2018

The Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Udyog Kendra was established in 1890 as a reformatory home. It is one of the biggest in the State with a sanctioned capacity for 200 juveniles in conflict with the law. Earlier, it was used to rehabilitate orphan boys and underprivileged children. Since 2010, it has been authorised to keep only juveniles in conflict with the law.

Pune: To solve the issue of juvenile delinquents escaping from the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Udyog Kendra Observation Home in Yerawada, officials of the Public Works Department (PWD) will start renovation work at the observation home. The home will soon also include a volleyball court and a kabaddi ground. 

The observation home, which is more than a century old, has always been in news for juvenile delinquents escaping and being involved in illegal acts. Speaking about the development, Bharatkumar Baviskar, Executive Engineer, PWD, said that the PWD is in the process of noting the specifications of requirements at the observation home. “The government will provide necessary funds for the development of the observation home and we will soon call tenders for work to be done,” added Baviskar.

Amol Pawar, Deputy Engineer at PWD, who will execute the renovation work, said that the PWD will raise the height of the wall at the observation home and will fence it so the delinquents are unable to escape. “The observation home is all set to change as we will provide a kabaddi ground, volleyball court and other facilities to the delinquents. The offices of the officials in the observation home will be renovated. We will work under the guidance of the superintendent of the observation home so that the required facilities are built, including changes in toilets, kitchen and other areas,” added Pawar.

At any time, around 30 to 50 minors detained for offences registered in Pune city and Pune rural police’s jurisdiction are lodged at the home. Superintendent of the observation home M Darade said that it is necessary for delinquents to undergo reforms at the home. “We have mobile training sessions, painting sessions and various other facilities for reformation of these delinquents. We have also appointed private security guards to help us maintain law and order at the observation home. Earlier, my staff would hesitate to work at the centre, but now we are trying to change their opinion and bring positivity at the centre,” added Darade.

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