With a view to meeting growing demand for burial plots in the capital, the Dhaka North City Corporation has opened a graveyard with 80,500 burial plots.
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Engineer Khandoker Mosharraf Hossain opened the cemetery on Friday. Chaired by Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation Annisul Haque, the programme was attended by former minister fro home affairs Advocate Sahara Khatun, ruling party lawmaker Jahangir Kabir Nanak, and Secretary of LGD Abdul Malek.
“The government has taken various projects with an aim at developing and making Dhaka as a planned mega city. This graveyard is a part of the development projects,” said Mosharraf at the function.
He said: “The present government was relentlessly working to cope with different problems, including traffic congestion.
As Dhaka city is witnessing rapid urbanisation, the metropolitan city needs well-designed development programmes to ensure better accommodation for city dwellers, the minister said.
On March 22, 2011, the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved the project. Construction works on the project began in September 2012.
Although the construction of the graveyard was supposed to be ended in December 2013, the authorities concerned failed to meet the deadline.
Currently, there are six graveyards in the city under the two city corporations. Of them, Jurain and Azimpur graveyards are under the jurisdiction of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC).
The four under the DNCC are Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals graveyard, Banani graveyard and one each at sectors 4 and 12 in Uttara.
At the Rayerbazar graveyard, there is a room for prayers, a rest room, a washroom and car parking space.
An arch bridge has been built on the Haikkar canal which added the beauty of the entire area, including the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial.
Social Welfare and Cultural Officer of DNCC Aminul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune that they have not taken decision over giving advance reservation.
“A charge of Tk500 excluding the costs of bamboo and others materials, has been fixed for per burial,” he said.