It is a sorry state of affairs at the graveyards situated in and around Lal Darwaza of the old city. Many of these graveyards are centuries old and are testimony to the historic times of the old city.
However, these places have now been converted into garbage dumping grounds owing to the lethargic attitude of the authorities concerned who have been entrusted maintenance work of these premises.
Tonnes of garbage and thick wild vegetative growth that remains unchecked, serve as a home for the anti-socials who unperturbedly indulge in nefarious acts in these compounds.
The less said about the condition of the Mir Momin Chup Dargah and the graveyard situated at the Phool Bagh area, the better.
Den for anti-socials
The place now is a den for anti-social elements who can be found consuming liquor at the place. A ‘pucca' structure has come up within the graveyard and one can sees snacks being prepared and sold to the anti-socials that descend at this famous ‘adda' to consume to illicit distilled liquor sold at the place.
The situation is no different at Munshi Sahib graveyard at Maqdoompura. The location of the place has come handy for land grabbers to put up a kiosk in the premise after breaking some graves. “The place houses some graves of our ancestors but the local land grabbers are having a fine run over the premise. The graveyard has considerably reduced after debris is being dumped to level the place and lease the area,” complains Mohd. Saleem, general secretary, Wakf Property Action Committee.
“The Faisullah graveyard has thick vegetation that prevents one from entering the place. The authorities should clean up the place at least during Ramzan so that we can visit the graves of our ancestors,” says Taufeq, a social worker of Shah Ali Banda.
The people say that the authorities concerned should take steps to clean up the place and raise compound walls around graveyards to prevent the entry of unscrupulous elements who have also become a nuisance for the locals as well.
Several graveyards in the old city have turned into garbage dumping grounds owing to the lethargic attitude of the authorities