Residents have strongly objected to the land earmarked by the Huda (Haryana urban development authority) for the shifting of a 500-year-old crematorium off NH-8 at Sector 29, near Iffco Chowk.
The locals at Sukhrali village have already made their misgivings known about the plot near Atul Kataria Chowk, which has been identified by the Huda for the shifting of the crematorium. They have even proposed an alternative location for the shifting.
“The Huda should consider shifting the crematorium towards Leisure Valley in Sector 29. We don’t want it relocated to a plot which belongs to a neighbouring village. This crematorium goes back more than 500 years and is one of the prominent landmarks of Sukhrali village. The land near Atul Kataria Chowk, which has been earmarked for the shifting, belongs to the Gurgaon village. Whereas, the land in Sector 29 on which the crematorium stands presently, belongs to Sukhrali village. The elderly residents of our village are happy with the place identified for the relocation,” Anup Bhambru, local councillor, said.
The Huda has been asked to shift the crematorium in order to enable construction of a flyover in the area by the NHAI (National Highways Authority of India).
“Shifting the crematorium to the right of NH-8 (if one is heading to Jaipur from Delhi) could pose problems for the residents of condominiums in the New Gurgaon area such as South City, Essel Tower and DLF among others. The crematorium records a high footfall and is used mostly by residents in areas to the left of NH-8,” Bhambru said, reiterating that the Sukhrali residents will not allow the crematorium to be moved to Atul Kataria Chowk.
Following a meeting between MCG and Huda officials on April 13, the urban authority began searching for an alternative location for the shifting.
“We had zeroed in on the land near Atul Kataria Chowk for shifting the crematorium and had even informed the MCG about it. But, we have since received a memorandum from the area councillor suggesting some other sites for the relocation. We are actively considering these sites,” Yashpal Yadav, administrator, Huda, said.
MCG commissioner V Umashankar said, “We are ready to float tenders for shifting the crematorium. It is essential to enable construction of the flyover.”