Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday launched the jail tourism initiative of the government.
CM launched the event online along with Deputy CM Ajit Pawar and Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. This initiative started from Pune's Yerawada prison today to facilitate people to visit and see from close quarters the historical prisons.
During the launch event, CM spoke about the several freedom fighters who spent a jail term in teh Yerwada jail in Pune. He also spoke about Vinayak Savarkar and his days in Andaman Jail during British Rule.
"Now onwards you will not have to commit a crime to visit the jail," Thackeray added. CM also spoke about his memories of visiting prison as a kid along with his parents when they went on an official visit.
Students from schools, colleges and other people will get a chance to visit these historical places. As per the information given by the home minister, guides will be provided to the visitors and ticket prices will range from Rs 5 to Rs 50.
The prisons in Thane, Nashik and Ratnagiri will also be part of the jail tourism initiative in the next phases.
(With inputs from PTI)