Christians to rally for cemetery. The CSF also to follow-up

October 15, 2012 by  
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Mumbai, October 13, 2012: Five lakh Christians who live on the eastern side of the western suburbs, from Khar to Dahisar, dread the prospect of a death in the family for logistical reasons. The misery that strikes a grieving household is compounded by the fact that there is not a single cemetery across that distance.

The June 21 Mantralaya fire destroyed the documents sanctioning their request for a cemetery were destroyed. On Sunday, around 4,000 parishioners from Borivli, Kandivli and Malad have invited MP Sanjay Nirupam, MLAs Ramesh Singh Thakur and Rajwant Singh as well as three local corporators to a Kandivli church hoping to convince them to expedite the release of land for a burial ground.

Joachim Colaco of the United Christian Community Centre says, “There is no cemetery for our community from Khar (E) to Dahisar (E). People have to hire a hearse for the corpse and buses to take mourners across the other side of the suburb through rain and shine. They often find the burial ground authorities on the western side reluctant to accommodate outsiders because their parishioners get priority.”

Around 5 lakh Christians populate the area and their pleas to be spared trauma during the last journey is yet to draw results. The community has also requested MP Gurudas Kamath to help release a demarcated burial plot in Goregaon.

– times of india

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