A Congress delegation met Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) Commissioner Dr Vijay Rathod on Thursday and demanded to open a reserved cemetery plot for Muslims and Christians COVID-19 deaths at Pendkar Pada in Mira Road.
As the death of COVID-19 patients has increased and according to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) guidelines, more space is needed for the corpse to be buried. Therefore, it is not possible to lay to rest the COVID-19 death at the existing burial grounds.
There are lacks of space in all the Muslims and Christians cemeteries. During the Coronavirus Pandemic, a reservation plot at Survey number 353 which is situated at Pendkar Pada should be made available for burial by the MBMC, demands Congress Party.
“According to the WHO’s guidelines, we have to dig 10 feet deep, 4 feet wide and 7 feet long pit. And we have not to dig for repeat burial of others for 10 years. However, there are insufficient spaces in graveyards. We buried other deceased in 12 to 18 months in the same grave. So, request the commissioner to open the 4978.43 sq. mt reserved cemetery plot at said survey number for COVID-19 funeral,” said Zubair Inamdar, Group Leader, Congress.
This reservation has been pursued by the administration for many years. In the present pandemic, the need for this cemetery will be urgent. “Out of 72000 sq.mt, 4978.43 sq.mt of land is in municipal Corporation’s possession. The Congress delegation demanded that the site be made available immediately for burial because of the increasing prevalence and mortality of coronavirus infected,” said Inamdar outside the headquarters.
Along with Inamdar, Pramod Sawant, Working President, Mira Bhayandar Congress accompanied him. Congress Corporators Ashraf Shaikh, Rajiv Mehra, Adv S A Khan were also present in the meeting. Youth Congress’ Mira Bhayandar unit President Deep Kakade coordinated with the delegation at the meeting.
“The commissioner said that he will make the decision as soon as possible. However, he assured us about the positive decision on the cemetery plot for COVID-19 deaths,” said Deep Kakade.