Residents of states that are marred by communal riots should visit Goa to see how people live in communal harmony, stated Urban Development Minister Milind Naik after inaugurating the integrated burial and cremation ground at St Inez-Panaji.
The facility will benefit people of Hindu, Muslim, Ismaili and Lingayat communities.
Addressing the councillors, municipal staff and others, Naik said that one who takes birth has to face death one day and this is a respectful last journey for them in the most beautiful complex built for them.
He said that in his constituency he has also made provision for such a facility for all the major three communities of Hindus, Muslims and Christians.
CCP Mayor Uday Madkaikar said that two years back, Milind Naik had laid the cornerstone for the project and the work was supposed to be completed within a year but due to COVID-19 pandemic, the completion was delayed further for a year and praised the contractor for executing work at a greater speed and completing it within stipulated time and remaining work will be completed within next 15-20 days.
He said that such a integrated cremation and burial project is difficult to find anywhere in the state or outside the state. The project was worth Rs 10 crore but has been completed within Rs 8.5 crore approximately and remaining Rs 1.5 crore should be kept aside for maintenance as this is a very large area for maintenance for five years.
Audhoot Angle aged 51 years who looks after the Hindu Shamshaan Bhoomi, and president of the Shamshaan Bhoomi was felicitated. He revealed that JB Gonsalves acquired the place and late Baba Ken helped a lot for the same in the past while deputy mayor Wassant Agashikar proposed the vote of thanks.