Manoj Singh || NIRJULI, DEC 30: The sole government burial and crematoria ground for the entire capital complex, managed by the Itanagar Municipal Corporation (IMC), has been non-functional for months, prompting public demands for a high-level inquiry or immediate restoration. The burial ground near Nirjuli, established during the tenure of a former MLA, faces challenges due to construction projects, alleged land encroachment, and natural disasters.
In October 2022, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein inaugurated an electric and gas crematorium at the burial ground, aiming to fulfill a long-felt need. However, concerns arise over its sustainability, given issues like viaduct and road damage, land disputes, and landslides.
The IMC Commissioner, Likha Tejji, expressed serious concern about the defunct state of the burial cum crematorium, attributing damage to construction and natural calamities. He stated that a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for complete restoration and compensation is prepared, awaiting approval from the capital administration.
Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso assured support, emphasizing the facility’s importance and readiness to cooperate. The IMC Mayor, along with his team, inspected the property, urging government approval for funds to kickstart restoration efforts.
MLA Kaso revealed plans for another burial ground at Chimpu, awaiting necessary funds for facilities and handover to relevant authorities. Former MLA Kipa Babu emphasized the crucial role of the property for public services, calling for its smooth functioning. The situation raises questions about the planning process and management of public infrastructure, demanding a thorough investigation into the defunct property.