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Second life for burial ground project

AFTER COMING to grief last year, the proposal to develop a children?s burial ground at Navlakha crematorium ground is being rolled out once more. IMC Public Works Department has invited tenders for the Rs 24-lakh project.

india Updated: Apr 26, 2006 00:23 IST

AFTER COMING to grief last year, the proposal to develop a children’s burial ground at Navlakha crematorium ground is being rolled out once more. IMC Public Works Department has invited tenders for the Rs 24-lakh project.

The proposal calls for construction of a boundary wall, pathways as well as partial landscaping of the area reserved for burying children at the 1.25-acre crematorium. A prayer-cum-meditation hall is also planned at the site at a later date.

It may be noted that although Hindus dispose of their dead by cremating them, children who die very young are buried rather than being consigned to flames. The Navlakha proposal is among 13 projects that failed to attract attention during earlier tenders and are being put up on the bidding block again. In all, repeat tenders have been floated for 13 projects worth an estimated Rs 2.43 crore.

The move to secure the burial ground at Navlakha was mooted after shocking reports surfaced of graves being dug and infants’ bodies stolen. Although authorities tried to downplay the grave robberies, irate residents demanded that the ground be encircled by a concrete wall to prevent a repetition of such incidents.

A proposal was duly drawn up by the Corporation but the move fell by the wayside after tenders floated for the project elicited no response from civic contractors. After a hiatus, the Corporation has decided to have a fresh go.

Tenders for the burial ground project were invited on April 21 and interested parties have been directed to submit bids by May 10.

Tenders for some projects - like the Kallan Guru Gymnasium at New Dewas Road - have been invited half-a-dozen times in the past. Of the remaining the proposed school building at Bajrang Nagar tops the list of proposals ignored by contractors having received no bids during four tender offers.

Three bids apiece have gone unsolicited in the past for the proposal to build a shed at Tilak Nagar crematorium, boundary wall construction at PWD bungalow no 3 at Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Square (Palasia), rooms and boundary wall at Govt Primary School, Adarsh Maulik Nagar and construction of three buildings at Govt Hindi High and Middle School, Qila Maidan. Each of the remaining proposals has witnessed at least two tenders being floated.

City Engineer (Public Works) Hans Kumar Jain said that construction of a boundary wall was the most important component of the Navlakha proposal, as there have been incidents of alleged grave robberies. The proposal also calls for construction of pathways as well as landscaping to provide a soothing ambience to grief-stricken families.

First Published: Apr 26, 2006 00:23 IST