Cre­ma­to­rium in Bhayan­dar gets fresh lease of life

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI/STATE - SURESH GOLANI /

Al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter The Free Press Jour­nal car­ried an elab­o­rate news re­port (Af­ter spend­ing lakhs, cre­ma­to­rium con­tin­ues to paint a sorry pic­ture) on 7, Oc­to­ber, ex­pos­ing the pa­thetic and grave con­di­tions pre­vail­ing at the lone cre­ma­to­rium in Bhayan­dar, the Mira Bhayan­dar Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (MBMC) swung into ac­tion to ini­ti­ate rec­ti­fi­ca­tion mea­sures.

As a re­sult, es­sen­tial fa­cil­i­ties have been re­stored and the cre­ma­to­rium now sports a much bet­ter look. Paint­ing a sorry pic­ture of ut­ter ne­glect for the past cou­ple of months, the MBMC-man­aged cre­ma­to­rium in the Bhola Na­gar area of Bhayan­dar (west) was plagued with mul­ti­ple prob­lems in­clud­ing non­func­tional wa­ter cool­ers, worn out pyre stands, un­hy­gienic at­mos­phere, lack of proper light­ing ar­range­ments and bro­ken trol­leys to ferry wood. All this had es­ca­lated the trauma of rel­a­tives and mourn­ers who are al­ready un­der stress owing to their loss.

Sens­ing the grav­ity of the sit­u­a­tion, civic chief Balaji Khat­gaonkar re­sponded pos­i­tively to the FPJ news and im­me­di­ately di­rected his of­fi­cials in the Pub­lic Work’s De­part­ment and the Tree Author­ity to the need­ful. Sub­se­quently, the cast­ing-made pyre stands were re­placed with new iron ones, drink­ing wa­ter fa­cil­ity was re­stored, ac­cess roads re­layed and over­grown shrubs trimmed to size, while other works were un­der process.

“I am thank­ful to the FPJ for high­light­ing the is­sue which prompted the ad­min­is­tra­tion to spur into ac­tion. Nev­er­the­less, a per­son’s fi­nal jour­ney needs to be dig­ni­fied,” said former cor­po­ra­tor Om Prakash Agar­wal.

In­ter­est­ingly the MBMC had re­cently spent lakhs of ru­pees to­wards the main­te­nance and ren­o­va­tion work un­der the garb of mod­ern­iz­ing the cre­ma­to­rium. At least for now, the dead will be rest­ing in peace it seems.

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