Plan to modernise city burial grounds

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The Chennai Corporation has cleared a proposal to transform the Velankadu burial ground.
The Chennai Corporation has cleared a proposal to transform the Velankadu burial ground.

Deepa H Ramakrishnan

CHENNAI: The Chennai Corporation will modernise burial grounds to make them user-friendly and prevent the facilities from being misused by anti-social elements.

As part of the proposal, it has approved the concept submitted by an architectural firm for the Velankadu burial ground on New Avadi Road.

“We have called for concepts for modernising ten major burial grounds, including Krishnampet, Kannammapet, Besant Nagar and two more in north Chennai,” said a senior official of the Corporation.

The firm has suggested that the entrance and compound walls be designed in such a way that maximum visibility into the site is made available to ensure that the facility is used only for the purpose it is meant.

“The gasifier and places where rituals are performed will have enough privacy for the users. But, other places inside the burial ground will be visible to the passers-by. It will have a mixture of short and tall walls,” an architect in the firm said.

Other suggestions include providing separate entry for ambulances, ramps for a barrier-free environment, visible sign boards and a system for disposal of items such as pots and flowers.

As the Velankadu burial ground is near residential areas, the firm has suggested that the facility be buffered from the nearby residential buildings. The estimated cost of modernisation of the facility is Rs.1.75 crore, which includes the cost of a new gasifier as the existing one is not functioning properly, said the official. The architectural firm will provide a detailed estimate shortly, which would be scrutinised and approved by the Chennai Corporation. Tenders would be called for the civil work.

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