In Balli, locals forced to perform final rites of their departed family members in their properties
CUNCOLIM: This may sound strange but the ground reality is that there are no crematoriums in Balli, Barcem and Morpilla.
The panchayats of Balli, Barcem and Morpilla seem to have failed to provide crematoriums for the Hindu community. And in the absence of a crematorium, the Hindu community in Balli is forced to perform the final rites of their beloved departed family members in their private properties.
For several years, Balli locals have been demanding a Hindu crematorium at the gram sabhas but their demand has fallen flat.
Balli panchayat had even identified places to construct a Hindu crematorium but the landlords are not ready to provide land. The land owners fear that if the panchayat constructs a crematorium then the land value will diminish. Years back, the panchayat had approached a religious organisation with a request to donate land for a crematorium. However, the panchayat request was rejected by the organisation.
In absence of a crematorium, the villagers are forced to perform the last rites in private property. Some have even reserved their properties to cremate their family members.
“Local politicians and village heads claim to have developed the village but if a panchayat cannot provide a crematorium then what development are they talking about,” questioned Kushali Dessai, a local.
“For many years we have been demanding a Hindu crematorium. We are forced to run from pillar to post to meet our demands but it’s of no use. Local politicians and village heads are just giving lame excuses,” Dessai claimed.
Balli panchayat sources informed Herald that the panchayat has identified a comunidade land and if latter allots the same then the panchayat can go ahead with the construction of a crematorium.
In Barcem, Morpilla and Subdokem people have their “individual” crematoriums. Even in Cuncolim, the government has constructed four crematoriums but they are used by particular section of society.