Chennai

Row over crematorium

While one section of residents in a southern suburb want a cremation ground to be shut down, another want the government to keep it operational. Lending support to those who want to keep the cremation ground operational on Madipakkam Link Road is the Opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK).

Leading a demonstration at the Madipakkam bus terminus on Friday, M. Subramanian, the former Mayor of Chennai Corporation, lashed out at the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) elected representatives for failing to ensure that the cremation ground was kept operational. A few hundred people raised slogans against the government. “You are not allowing us to have peace even after death,” they said. Residents told The Hindu that till 2006, the piece of land was barren, but used by thousands of residents from Madipakkam, Ullagaram and Puzhuthiwakkam. In 2007, the panchayat constructed a compound wall around the crematorium shed to prevent encroachments. The ground that was once more than four acres, has now shrunk to six grounds.



One of the slogans of the protesters: "You are not letting us have peace even after death"



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