Ulhasnagar : Mharalgaon comes under Ulhasnagar Assembly Constituency and is adjacent to the city limits. The cemetery land of this village with a population of about 1 lakh is closed for the last 8 years.
On the death of someone in the village, his last rites have to be performed in the crematorium located in the local Khemani. This is causing inconvenience to the people. It is the demand of the villagers that the cremation ground in which the pyre of our ancestors was burnt, to which our faith and feelings are attached, that cremation ground should be started again.
Mharalgaon was once a small village. Local Welfare – This village adjacent to Murbad road has now been converted into a city. Big complexes have been built here on a large scale and are still being built, there is cemetery land in the village, but after ten years a builder is buying and developing the land around it. In the survey, a 10-foot road leading to the shamsan land has come under the builder’s part. When the builder started his work, he closed that road and since then the local citizens are facing the above problem.
cremation site in the quarry
On paper, there is a place for cremation in the mine portion in Mharalgaon. But the government officials are still trying to get the shamsan land built. Due to all these reasons, the Mharalkars have to use the cremation ground of the Municipal Corporation in the Khemani area of Ulhasnagar.
During the Corona period, the villagers had to wander from door to door for the last rites. The youth of the village are saddened by the fact that the last journey of the village in which he was born and grew up from a small, is taking place in the limits of others. Government officials only give assurances. If the problem of cremation ground is not resolved by next March, then on 14th April, on the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr. Babasaheb, I will start a fast unto death by taking his blessings.
– Ravindra Lingayat, Social Activist, Mharal Village
Mission Mai Mharal and other youths of the village had given a request to the then Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis 4 years ago regarding their demand. After this, the youth of the village also started a postcard movement on this demand. Poster campaigning was done last year. The citizens of Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation area have to pay only Rs 500 for the last rites in Khemani premises and Rs 1500 to 1800 for the residents of Mharalgaon. Villagers say that first our feelings are violated, after that time and more money is taken which is not fair.
Government officials are deliberately treating our village step-motherly. There are some families in the village, who earn their living by working every day and in the life of such crisis, they do not even have money for the last rites. The last rites have to be performed by taking them to the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation area, which is expensive and inconvenient. The government should pay heed to our demand.
– Niket Vyahe, Mharal Village