KARACHI – Karachi administrator Laeeq Ahmed said on Monday that a management committee was being formed to improve burial conditions in the metropolitan city.
“The involvement of social and welfare organizations in cemetery management will improve the overall situation,” the Administrator expressed this view while speaking at a meeting at the cemetery where representatives from various Karachi social and welfare organizations participated.
He said that in the first phase, work would start on the six cemeteries which would be expanded to the whole city gradually.
Senior Coordination Director Khalid Khan, Director Land Tariq Siddiqui, Cemetery Director Iqbal Pervez, Senior Manager Al-Khidmat Manzar Alam, JDC Secretary General Zafar Abbas, Yahya Attari from Faizan Global Foundation, Rehan Yaseen and Faheem Anwar from Alamgir Welfare Trust, Arif Jamali and Sajjad from Chhipa Welfare President of Sunni Ittehad Council Khalid Noor and others also attended the occasion.
Laeeq said a management committee should be formed to oversee funeral affairs. The committee will also formulate procedures for issuing certificates, he said.
Committee members will provide services to every citizen without discrimination and will provide all possible facilities to citizens who come to the cemetery for the burial of their loved ones and relatives, he said.
The first six graves include Sakhi Hassan Cemetery, Mohammad Shah Karachi North Cemetery, Issa Nagri Cemetery, Colony Model Cemetery, Tariq Street Cemetery and Al-Noor Cemetery where the situation will radically change once the management committee takes over.
Ahmed said efforts would be made to persuade residents not to insist on burying their loved ones in the cemetery where the bodies were already buried.
In the debriefing on this occasion, the Director of the Tombs Iqbal Pervez said, there were 203 graves in the city, 89 other public graves, while 39 were registered and 50 were not registered. Among the graves listed are 11 in the Central district, two in the East, 13 in the West, 9 in Malir and 4 in Korangi.
Pervaiz said: “Even though most of these graves are full, his relatives insist that burials should take place in a specific cemetery. The situation has changed due to the COVID-19 outbreak and an increase in the death rate. “
The Karachi administrator said that apart from the construction of a new grave, the condition of the existing cemetery must also be improved because it will solve many problems for the residents.
Ahmed said that it is very commendable that the social and welfare organizations working in the city have reached out to help improve the conditions of the graves.
“These organizations are aware of the burial situation in different parts of the city. Their cooperation in this work will be important, “he said.
The administrator warned that the mafia would not be allowed at funerals, adding that citizens have the right to a place at the cemetery at a fair price for the burial of their loved ones. One window operation is introduced in this case.
He said that the issuance of a certificate after being buried in a grave is also an issue that will be worked out through the executive committee to formulate a strategy, in which all rules and regulations will still be considered. Ahmed hopes that the work, which started with 6 cemeteries in the city, will gradually expand to the rest of the city and people will not face any difficulties for the burial of their loved ones in the future. “This is one of the main responsibilities of local agencies to manage funeral affairs and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) will fulfill all of its responsibilities in this regard,” he concluded.