DP fails to count ceme­ter­ies by re­li­gion

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - Chetna Yerunkar

MUM­BAI: De­spite the fact that the ur­ban plan­ners of the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) have con­ducted a ground-level sur­vey across the city’s 24 ad­min­is­tra­tive wards, their work has not re­flected ad­e­quately in the de­vel­op­ment plan 2014-2034, which has been posted on­line.

Some plots of land have been given the gen­eral des­ig­na­tion of ceme­tery, instead of par­tic­u­lar names such as Hindu cre­ma­tion ground, Mus­lim ceme­tery and Chris­tian ceme­tery.

The use of each ceme­tery is dif­fer­ent, but the civic of­fi­cials have gen­er­alised the des­ig­na­tion. The implications will be­come ap­par­ent af­ter the sur­vey is put on­line.

Shyama Kulka­rni, co­or­di­na­tor of H west ward for the NGO AGNI, said, “While mark­ing the reser­va­tions for a par­tic­u­lar area, the DP of­fi­cials will con­sider the ex­ist­ing struc­tures (des­ig­na­tion sur­vey). By gen­er­al­is­ing the des­ig­na­tion as ceme­tery with­out spec­i­fy­ing the land use, the civic of­fi­cials will cre­ate con­fu­sion. The plan­ners will not know whether a Hindu or Mus­lim or Chris­tian ceme­tery is needed in a par­tic­u­lar area un­less the des­ig­na­tion of the ex­ist­ing plot is spec­i­fied.”

The BMC had or­dered all the 24 ad­min­is­tra­tive wards to carry out a ground-level sur­vey and mark the des­ig­na­tions of par­tic­u­lar plots as per their ac­tual use.

Yet, in some in­stances, the ceme­tery plots have been marked wrongly. The Ban­dra Jewish ceme­tery at Kadesh­wari Mandir marg has been marked as a Chris­tian ceme­tery.

More­over, the sur­vey has also marked a recre­ation ground– a place for se­nior ci­ti­zens— as a ceme­tery. This ground is lo­cated at Bab­hai Naka in Borivli (west).

Also, Irla mu­nic­i­pal Urdu school and Juhu Irla ed­u­ca­tion so­ci­ety, too, have been marked as ceme­ter­ies.

A civic of­fi­cial said, “We are open to re­ceive feed­back from the ci­ti­zens. If any­thing is wrongly marked, it will be cor­rected in the draft be­fore re­leas­ing it.”

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