Cre­ma­to­rium in­au­gu­rated in Digha, but yet to be com­pleted

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - Navi Mumbai - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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

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