Assam is getting ready for its first exclusive detention centre, construction works of which are underway in Goalpara district’s Dalgoma under Matia police station. The detention centre will have a capacity to house 3,000 people who will be declared foreigners by Foreigners Tribunals (FTs) in the state.
The centre is built at an estimated cost of Rs 45 crore funded by the central government. The construction had started way back in the month of December last year.
It may be mentioned, on August 31st, 2019 the final list of National Register of Citizens was published online where 19 lakh people didn’t figure their names. These 19 lakh people will now file appeals to FTs and if they are declared as foreigners, they will reside in the detention centres established in the state.
Currently, there are 6 detention centres in the state that are run by the district jails.
An official looking over the construction works informed TIME8, “This new detention centre will have 15 buildings each will have 4 storeys and will accommodate 200 inmates. This detention centre will have separate quarters for both men and women and the construction work is going on in full swing,”.
“This is the biggest detention centre coming up in Assam and is one among the 11 detention centres that the central government has sanctioned to house declared foreigners in the state. Although we have been asked to complete the work within a month and works are going on with full force, the complete works should be completed by December 2019,” the official added.
The other detention centres that will be built in Assam will be located in Sivasagar, Barpeta, Dima Hasao, Nalbari, Nagaon, Karimganj, Lakhimpur, Kamrup and Sonitpur respectively.
Further, the official said that the detention centre will have a hospital, dining room, kitchen and a school for the detainees.
The BJP-led state government had made it clear that if any person doesn’t figure in the final NRC list are not foreigners and that they will be given a time period of 120 days to prove their nationality to an FT.
According to reports, the FTs had declared 1 lakh people as foreigners of which 900 are taking shelter in 6 detention centres in the state.