A delegation of Christ Church CNI,Sector 18 along with councillor Saurabh Joshi met Municipal Commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh for additional land for the cemetery in Sector 25. The land had been allotted for a cemetery in 1973. With the population of Christians having increased since then,it was demanded that additional land be allotted.
Joshi apprised the authorities that the existing cemetery has hardly any space for performing the burial or last rites of the deceased. The land for the burial is insufficient, he said. In 2007,the Municipal Corporation had allotted 1.67 acres adjoining land for the purpose,which remains un-possessed and unused.
The members of the delegation stated they have been following up and meeting MC officials for the last four to five years for construction of a prayer hall,maintaining the land and taking possession of the land but to no avail. Due to lack of maintenance,wild grass can be seen growing on the land.
Besides the issue of cemetery land the delegation of Christ Church CNI had other grievances. The need for path ways and grave beds to bury the deceased was also discussed. The urgent and basic need for a public toilet at the cemetery was put forward. Due to theft of costly marble slabs used for making the tombs and stone at the cemetery,a demand for providing a high mask lighting system was made. It was demanded that a gate for the allotted land be put up to keep stray cattle away.
Municipal Commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh asked the officials to visit the area and give the allotted land to perform burial rites till the time the final work is completed.