Gurgaon crematorium to make way for elevated U-turn
The crematorium, belonging to Sukhrali village, goes back over 500 yearsUpdated: Jun 12, 2017 23:15 IST
The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has said it will relocate the crematorium from Sector 29 to Sector 16, near a water booster pumping station, over the next couple of days.
The MCG reply follows a slew of reminders from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) on shifting the crematorium as it is deemed a hindrance to the construction of an elevated U-turn near Sector 29.
“We need (the) land (on which the crematorium presently stands) urgently, so that the construction of the elevated U-turn can go on uninterrupted. The crematorium is proving to be the only hindrance to the project,” AK Sharma, project director, NHAI, said.
The crematorium, which belongs to Sukhrali village, goes back more than 500 years. However, due to its convenient location, it often draws visitors from New Gurgaon areas as well.
MCG officials said the villagers had objected to the alternative locations proposed for shifting the crematorium and the same delayed the relocation. However, they said the land issues are now settled and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) has given them possession of a plot for the shifting.
“We have got possession of the land from the Huda and will soon start work on the crematorium,” V Umashankar, MCG commissioner, said.
The new crematorium site is close to Chander Nagar village and is roughly 150 metres from the NH-8, near Huda’s booster pumping station.
Sudhir Chauhan, senior town planner (STP), MCG, said, “Over the next couple of days, we will raze the Sector 29 crematorium and formally hand over the plot to the NHAI.”
A group of residents of Chander Nagar, however, staged a protest against the new site claiming that the plot, in question, is mired in a legal tangle.
Manoj Sharma, resident of Chander Nagar, said, “Despite protests by residents of Chander Nagar and owners of commercial establishments located nearby, the Huda allotted the alternative plot to the MCG for (shifting the) crematorium.”
The locals said Huda acquired nearly three acres here in 1980, but did not use it for any public project. This prompted the locals to move a petition at the Punjab and Haryana high court in February 2016, seeking release of the plot.
“The court advised the Huda to hold discussions with the petitioners and settle the matter amicably. The Huda claims to have issued a speaking order on resolving the dispute through discussions. However, we have no knowledge of the same,” Sharma said.
Yashpal Yadav, Huda administrator, said, “Following the court order, I issued the speaking order a couple of weeks ago.”