New Horana prison 10 times Welikada’s size

  • Minister Ratwatte says it would contain stadiums, pools, gyms, and farms

The proposed prison complex to be built in Horana will be 10 times the size of the Welikada Prison Complex, according to State Minister of Prison Management and Prisoners’ Rehabilitation Lohan Ratwatte.

He made these comments yesterday (20) on a visit with Minister of Justice M.U.M. Ali Sabry PC to the proposed 250-acre land in Horana where a new prison complex is to be established.

Ratwatte stated that this new complex would aid in reducing congestion among detainees within prisons.

He added that it would house sports stadiums, swimming pools, gyms, an industrial complex, and farms, in addition to a rehabilitation centre for those who have been imprisoned over drug-related charges and minor offences.
He also noted that this complex would contain the latest security mechanisms and technology, and have prison cells built according to international standards.

The 40-acre plot of land owned by the Department of Prisons, where the Welikada Prison Complex is situated at present, would be taken over by the Urban Development Authority (UDA) for a mixed-development project, UDA Director General Prasad Ranaweera told The Morning last month.