With no crematorium,villagers perform funeral on road

The villagers also threatened to carry out cremations on the highway if the district collector office did not allot the land for crematorium.

Written by Atikh Rashid | Published: April 5, 2012 3:18 am

To draw the state government’s attention towards the absence of a crematorium,residents of Jambhulwadi village in Haveli taluka of Pune district performed the last rites of a dead villager right on the road — close to the Pune-Satara Highway (NH-4) — on Tuesday.

The villagers also threatened to carry out cremations on the highway if the district collector office did not allot the land for crematorium.

Embarrassed by the incident,revenue department officials on Wednesday promised immediate action in the matter. Haveli tehsildar Sandhesh Shirke visited the village and promised the villagers that the land issue would be sorted out immediately.

According to officials,the land for crematorium was allotted to the gram panchayat in 1993,but hasn’t been handed over to it till date.

Shirke said in 1993,the district collectorate had allotted a 10-acre plot to Jambhulwadi gram panchayat village for a crematorium but site fell in survey no. 1,which was private property,so it couldn’t be transferred.

Correcting the mistake in 2008,the then sub-divisional officer directed taluka land record (TLR) official to allot the land at another site to the gram panchayat. However,the gram panchayat officials didn’t submit the necessary documents as demanded by the TLR,the land transfer hasn’t taken place till now.

“Some time ago,the owner of the plot sold the land and the new owner had erected a compound wall,thus denying entry to the villagers. Due to this,the issue of the land allotted by DC has again cropped up,” said an official.

The villagers claim that their numerous requests to Circle Office and local talathi have fallen on deaf ears. “We are following up the issue and have made numerous applications to the talathi and tehsildar’s office but have received no response from them,” said a villager.

“The move to cremate 90-year-old Narmada Tukharam Lipane,who had died on Tuesday,on the road wasn’t planned. At that moment,all of us were angered by the fact that we didn’t have a basic facility to perform the last rites,” said a gram panchayat member.

“I held a meeting with TLR officers and directed them to carry out all the formalities involved in handing over the land to gram panchayat immediately. I also advised the villagers to promptly submit the necessary documents to speed up the procedure,” said Shirke.

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