Crematorium inaugurated in Digha, but yet to be completed
The rush to inaugurate projects which are not complete for publicity purpose is not new. That the residents have to bear the brunt seems to be of little concern. The story seems to have been repeated at Digha crematorium.
The NMMC spent Rs1.6 crore to construct a crematorium at Digha, the work of which is still incomplete.
The crematorium was inaugurated by MLA Sandeep Naik months ago, but since the work was incomplete it has been taken up now. This is causing problems for those coming to cremate the dead.
Work on the crematorium began in October 2013. The NMMC elections were held last year. The political establishment was keen to show that it had completed several developmental works in the city and so the inauguration of the incomplete crematorium was held.
Residents blame the NMMC and the contractor for the slow pace of work and the consequent delay.
NMMC de puty engineer Suhas Takle had said t he work would be completed by December 2015. But, the work is yet to be completed.
The project has seen three contractors being changed. There is a demand to blacklist the contractor. Local corporator Navin Gavte had demanded action against the contractor. The NMMC officials are yet to take a decision on it.
Ashok Mhatre, a resident, said: “Digha crematorium is being used by residents of Ganpatipada, Anand Nagar, Ramnagar, Ilthan Pada and Vishnunagar, which are situated around 4 km area.”
“There is no facility of drinking water and the public toilets have not been opened for the people. This leads to a lot of problems,” he added.
Mhatre said, “If only the authorities and politicians rushed to complete the projects as they do to perform inaugurations, the residents would benefit so much.”
NMMC officials said work on the crematorium will be completed soon.
Digha crematorium is being used by residents of Ganpatipada, Anand Nagar, Ramnagar, Ilthan Pada and Vishnunagar. But, there is no facility of drinking water and the public toilets are not ready.
ASHOK MHATRE, a resident