Jorhat, Aug. 23: Rana Goswami, the legislator from Jorhat constituency, has asked the district administration to prepare a masterplan for the revamp and beautification of the larger crematoriums and burial grounds and has also sought gas connections to light pyres.
Goswami said when the deplorable condition of the Garmur cremation ground, the largest one here, was brought to his notice, he felt that the dead should not be sent off in such a shabby manner.
“The departed deserve as much respect as the living. The least we can do is to give them a dignified send-off, especially not in surroundings that reek of garbage,” he said.
The Garmur crematorium lies right next to the Jorhat Municipal Board garbage dumping ground. The garbage had spilled over to the cremation ground when Goswami visited it recently.
He has directed the deputy commissioner to prepare a project and procure funds so that all the big cremation and burial grounds (kabaristhans) are walled and kept neat and clean, beautified with trees and flowers, supplied with water and properly paved and laid out with drains so that they do not turn into slush-filled graveyards, specially during the monsoons.
Goswami said he had written to the Assam Gas Corporation Ltd and sought gas supply for Garmur and Tarajan crematoriums as wood was in short supply. “Wood has become very costly and also results in felling of trees, which is not good for the region. It will be better if gas is used to light pyres,” he said.
The commissioner of Jorhat Municipal Board Ward 6, Ashok Malpani, who accompanied the MLA, said Goswami had sanctioned Rs 15 lakh for the first phase of reconstruction of Garmur crematorium.
“We have been asked to form a committee to undertake the work in the first phase with the money,” he said.
“The chief patron of the Garmur cremation ground construction and development committee is the MLA. The other patrons are Jorhat Municipal Board chairman Prasanta Bora and Jorhat Development Authority chairman Madhav Bora. The president, working president and secretary are social workers Om Prakash Dhoot, G.K. Jain and Dilip Agarwal respectively,” he said. Agarwal and Jain had accompanied Goswami, too.
Malpani, who is a member of the committee, said earth-filling and paving of approach roads to the six-pyre sites was on. The pyre sites will be repaired and the partition railings, which had been stolen, would be put up again.
The crematorium will have water supply and bathrooms too so that those who go there can take a bath before returning home.
In the next phase, Rs 15 lakh will be sanctioned to construct a wall and drains.