3 months after villagers cremate body on road, work for Gawarewadi crematorium starts in Pune
On July 7, the body of a 33-year-old Gawarewadi villager - Parmeshwar Gaware - was cremated on the road in Phase-3 of the IT Park due to the absence of a crematorium. It was about seven years ago that the MIDC had acquired the land for phase three of the IT Park at Hinjewadi and had earmarked a plot for the crematorium.pune Updated: Nov 02, 2017 15:18 IST
Three months after villagers cremated a body on a busy road near Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park, the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) regional officer Santosh Deshmukh and Pune zilla parishad member Shankar Mandekar, on October 31, laid the foundation stone for the construction of a crematorium at Gawarewadi village.
All gram panchayat members, sarpanch Smita Bhosale, deputy sarpanch Sandip Sathe and village development officer Bharat Patil were present. Pune zilla parishad member Shankar Mandekar said that he was ready to provide all the necessary help to the villagers. He added that if there was inadequacy of funds, then he would be ready to make more fund available. He also inaugurated various other village development work, including the water purification project and 24x7 water supply scheme for the villagers.
MIDC official Santosh Deshmukh said that the state industrial development corporation, on its part, “has already provided for the crematorium”. “But, based on a request from the villagers on August 13, MIDC again demarcated 6,000 square feet for a new crematorium for Gawarewadi village in the phase-3 of the Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park at Hinjewadi. Now, villagers will get their own crematorium soon,” he added.
Deputy sarpanch Sandip Sathe told Hindustan Times that after consecutive follow ups, they have finally started the construction work of the crematorium. “The crematorium issue was pending from 2007. It was only on July 11, when HT reported that the villagers had cremated a body on the busy road in Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park on July 7, that the administration swung into action. Our village will soon get its own crematorium, which is our right,” Sathe said.
“I thank Hindustan Times for consistently articulating our voices and standing by us when all the other medias failed to take the issue seriously. From cremation on the road to the visit by an administrative officer, from land demarcation to foundation stone laying ceremony, Hindustan Times has stood by us,” he added.
He said, “We planned for two crematoriums; one for Gawarewadi and another for Bhoirwadi, each having a budgetary allocation of ₹35 lakh and ₹1.10 crore respectively. We have decided to make Bhoirwadi crematorium a model crematorium with all facilities.”
On July 7, the body of a 33-year-old Gawarewadi villager - Parmeshwar Gaware - was cremated on the road in Phase-3 of the IT Park due to the absence of a crematorium. It was about seven years ago that the MIDC had acquired the land for phase three of the IT Park at Hinjewadi and had earmarked a plot for the crematorium. The gram panchayat could not undertake the construction due to violent opposition from the neighbouring plot owner. They were, thus, forced to take their near and dear ones to another crematorium which was four to six kilometres away or undertake the cremation by a road inside the IT Park itself. So far, 45 such cremations had been conducted without any corrective action from the administrators of Pune district.