Saturday, August 8, 2009

'Departure Lounge'

Dear Rotary leaders:
You must have been reading about the dilapidated state of the cremation grounds in Chandigarh and Manimajra. In 2005-06 till 2007, Rotary Club of Chandigarh had undertaken a massive beautification drive in association with the Municipal Corporation in which our Club members participated actively to draw a layout plan, got green area developed, installed a tubewell, operationalised the electric crematorium, replaced the fans, etc.
However, the situation is back to square one and there are drastic changes that need to be done to bring about changes in these 'Departure Lounges' so that the family members who come here should experience dignity, peace, and emotional strength in these last hours of departure of their nears and dear ones.
I request all the Rotarian leadership in our Zone 3 to please come together and jointly take up the beautification of all cremation grounds in Chandigarh, Manimajra, and Panchkula.
We have the support of the Municipal Corporation Chandigarh and I am sure District Administration would definitely support this initiative if Rotary Club of Panchkula also takes it up.
Our Rotarian and Municipal Councillor Pallav Mukherjee, would like to accompany the Club Presidents or any other Rotarian which the club may nominate for this project, for an initial recci on Monday, 10th August 2009 at 9am. All of us shall meet at the cremation ground in Sector 25 for the first hand assessment of the situation.
I am sure all of us can jointly make the difference.

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