nmmt-chairman-1After an uproar in the Standing committee meet this week over the pathetic conditions of the Turbhe Crematorium, a delegation of the committee members and NMMC officials headed by Chairman Vijay Chougele visited the crematorium. In this week’s Standing Committee meet corporator Vijaya Thakur voiced the problems that plague the Turbhe crematorium. Following this, a delegation of the committee members and NMMC officials headed by Chairman Vijay Chougele arrived at Turbhe crematorium for inspection. NMMC has handed over the maintenance of the crematorium to the Lohana Samaj while NMMC looks after the cleaning work and manpower. Even the work of carrying the bodies for their last rites is the responsibility of the NMMC workers and the contract of providing woods is handed over by tender. Complaining about the ill maintenance of the crematorium, Vijaya Thakur said that she had personally witnessed families waiting for workers to come and help perform the last rites. She said that the workers demanded Rs. 250 for carrying the bodies. Apart from this the crematorium is not cleaned and wet woods create hassles for the bereaved families. One of the very concerning accusations was that during the last rites bodies are not burnt completely and it is thrown with garbage later. Seeing the seriousness of the issue Vijay Chougele along with DMC J N Sinnarkar, City Engineer Mohan Dagaonkar, DMC N N Alhat. Ward officer Ashok Madhvi and other officials inspected the crematorium. Speaking to Navi Mumbai News Standing Committee Chairman Vijay Chougele said that despite the resources due to lack of manpower the crematorium was reeling under problems. He added that Lohana Samaj should ensure that the work entrusted to them by NMMC should be dutifully performed. On behalf of administration, DMC J N Sinnarkar assured to look into the complaints voiced by the Standing Committee members. He said that the over the years Lohana Samaj has been doing a good job of maintaining the crematorium. However, they will still meet the Samaj and address why there have been maintenance problems off late.


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