Following demands from corporators, the civic administration has now come up with a policy for naming and renaming of crematoria across the city.
As per the policy prepared by the health department of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the crematoria will be named only after persons who have contributed in the development of the area or the city. “But, only the proposals submitted by the elected representatives for naming and renaming of crematoria will be considered,” said a senior civic official.
The official added that BMC will not consider proposals submitted by NGOs or other organisations. “In case we receive more than one proposal to name or rename a crematorium, then we will consider the proposal on merit, such as the contribution of the persons and their work. But once a crematorium is named after a person, no other crematorium will be named after him or her,” said the official.
The civic body owns 63 crematoria across the city. While 43 are Hindu crematoria, 11 are Muslim and six are Christian cemeteries.
Rajashree Palande, a BJP corporator from Siddarth Colony in Chembur, had moved a notice of motion in August 2013, demanding that the civic administration should prepare a policy on naming and renaming of the crematoria. “Though the civic body maintains the crematoriums in city, it does have any policy on their naming and renaming. So, the administration should prepare a comprehensive policy on the lines of naming and renaming of roads and chowks,” said Palande.
However, citizens have slammed the civic body and corporators for coming up with such a policy which has nothing to do with citizens issues. “It’s just a political move and it clearly shows that the corporators are least concerned about civic issues. They need to focus more on these issues rather than just naming or renaming of roads, chowks and crematoria,” said Nikhil Desai, a resident of King’s Circle.