Bogambara is to be converted back into a prison. According to reports the decision has been taken to address overcrowding in the prison’s system in Sri Lanka.
According to Defence Secretary Maj Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne authorities are looking into the possibility of resuming its operations again to cater to the increasing number of prisoners.
He said this while addressing officials of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service at the Water’s Edge Hotel in Battaramulla recently.
The former Government had decided to convert the Bogambara Prison into a museum and cultural park in order to boost tourism in Kandy. In 2013, the Government decided to close the prison complex and inmates were transferred to a new prison complex in Pallekelle.
According to the Commissioner General of Prisons Thushara Upuldeniya the number of prisoners in jails had exceeded 30,000 but facilities can only hold up to 11,000 inmates.