LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday visited the Shehr-e-Khamoshan model graveyard in Lahore and reviewed the services being provided for the final rituals of deceased.
CM Punjab said that need for new graveyards arose due to the rising population. He said that the hour of grief can come anytime anywhere and the government Punjab has ensured to stand by the people during those times.
The chief minister reviewed the designated section for keeping the bodies of deceased. He further said that they will ensure the graveyard does not cross the capacity.
He said that excellent services have been provided at the graveyard, and all efforts have been made for the model graveyards which will be expanded to other cities of the province. “We all have to return to Al-Mighty Allah,” he said.
The Shehr-e-Khamoshan model graveyards are the first of its kind innovative conceptualised graveyards which revamp the concept of a graveyard by providing services to ensure the sanctity of death and the dignity of the deceased.
The first Shehr-e-Khamoshan model graveyard at Mouza Rakh, Cheddu Kahna, Lahore is set to be operational soon. With a land-area measuring 89 kanals, the Lahore Graveyard will have grave space for around 8000 graves.
The citizens will be able to avail complete burial and funeral facilities including hearse service for the deceased with appropriate air conditioning, coach services to transport the bereaved families, mortuary to preserve the bodies of the deceased, bathing facilities inside the graveyard and a funeral prayer section to accommodate congregation.
The standard operating procedures shall be followed in order to prevent over-crowding in these new graveyards. The project will start from highly populated areas and cities and will gradually expand to rest of the province
There are similar model graveyards under construction in Sargodha, Multan and Faisalabad. The Shehr-e-Khamoshan authority will also be able to establish graveyards on the request.
It will establish and maintain cemeteries and crematoriums to facilitate all citizens irrespective of caste or religion. The authority has received requests for graveyards in Lahore, Muzzafargarh, Sargodha, Bhakkar, Bahawalpur and Sialkot.