The Delhi government has decided to survey the space allotted to Muslim graveyards in the capital, to assess if the community has adequate space to bury the dead. It has asked NGOs, research organisations and other bodies to submit bids to carry out the survey, said a senior government official.
The agency shortlisted for the project will conduct a survey of the graveyards located on land owned by the Delhi Waqf Board, municipal corporations, DDA, DUSIB, NDMC and private bodies. The agency will also hold discussions with prominent leaders of the Muslim community, said the official, and details of these meetings will be included in the survey report.
“Bids are invited in two bid system from the registered NGOs, Research Organisations and similar bodies to conduct the… study,” said a note by the Delhi Minorities Commission.
The agency will visit areas with a “substantial” Muslim population to find out if there is a graveyard in the vicinity or the community has to go to a graveyard far away. It will also list the location and ‘status’ of the graveyards — the adequacy of land and availability of other facilities — and complete the survey in three months, said a senior official.
“We are also looking at the kind of land available… some of the graveyards are located inside residential colonies and they can be relocated. The report should clearly indicate the requirement of graveyards, keeping in view the distribution of the community in Delhi,” said the official.
The commission has been tasked with calling in bids and shortlisting the agency, which will collate data and document the survey through videos and photographs.
The agency will also collect specific details about the management of the graveyards including administration, rules, facilities, charges, plan for development, capacity and vacancies.