An­gu­lana cre­ma­to­rium build­ing di­lap­i­dat­ing


The An­gu­lana cre­ma­to­rium build­ing at Mo­ratuwa has been ne­glected with­out be­ing ren­o­vated, though var­i­ous par­ties were in­formed about the un­for­tu­nate state of the build­ing, residents lamented.

There­fore, to cre­mate the bod­ies of their loved ones, they have to go to other places such as in Lu­nawa, Rawathawat­ta, Ko­ralawella and Ego­dauyana, they said.

The An­gu­lana cre­ma­to­rium is used by many low in­come fam­i­lies as a venue to place the bod­ies of their loved ones and also to make fu­neral speeches as there are no room at most of their houses.

The en­trance to the cre­ma­to­rium was also seen over­grown by weeds. Com­ment­ing on the is­sue, SLFP Coun­cil­lor of the Mo­ratuwa Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil, Nalani Fer­nando said Mayor Sa­man Lal Fer­nando was in­fromed on sev­eral oc­ca­sions about the di­lap­i­dat­ing cre­ma­to­rium but no re­sponse or so­lu­tion had been given so far.

Mayor Fer­nando, who took up the is­sue dur­ing the Coun­cil session has said that the cre­ma­to­rium can’t be re­de­vel­oped, or ren­o­vated but can be fixed on a tem­po­rary ba­sis.

When con­tacted, Mayor Fer­nando said the Ma­rine Drive ex­ten­sion from Colombo has been planned in such a way that it would go through the land where the ceme­tery is in.

“There­fore, ren­o­vat­ing the cre­ma­to­rium build­ing at this stage is a waste of money. Once the ma­rine drive ex­ten­sion is com­pleted, we can de­velop a cre­ma­to­rium in the land which is left,” he said.

Un­til then, he pro­posed that what­ever the small space avail­able on the build­ing could be used to per­form fu­ner­als and fu­neral speeches.

How­ever, when we went there, we saw that the build­ing is on the verge of col­lapse. When it rains, there are no spa­ces for the peo­ple to stay in­side the build­ing.

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