The Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Ministry has said that a large scale center for corrections would be built in Wellawaya with the capacity to take over the inmates from eight prisons including Welikada.
Deputy Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Minister Vijithamuni De Soyza has told the media that the correction center, which would be an open prison, would be located in part of the land allocated to build an airport and plans are underway to allocate around one thousand acres for the project.
The construction work of this open prison is to commence utilizing a Chinese loan facility by next year.
De Soyza has said that the proposed correction center was expected to accommodate 10,000 inmates.
Among the others prisons that would be closed down once the correction center in Wellawaya is set up, are the Mahara, Negombo, Galle, Matara, Tangalle, Embilipitiya and Badulla prisons.
According to the deputy minister, the government had decided to bring all jails under one roof in one facility instead of spread throughout the country as it was now.
De Soyza has observed that these reforms were aimed at reducing congestion in urban prisons and to use some of the inmates as a labour force in development work.