‘Shehr-i-Khamoshan’: Punjab Govt Announces To Expand Model Graveyard Projects

In a bid to address the challenges posed by the growing population of Punjab, Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi has announced an ambitious plan to expand model graveyards, known as Shehr-i-Khamoshan, across various cities in the province. During his recent visit to the model graveyard located along Sundar Road in Raiwind, Lahore, he expressed his commitment to providing organized and accessible burial facilities to the people.

A Glimpse of Shehr-i-Khamoshan in Lahore

The Sundar Road project, currently serving as the flagship model graveyard, spans 127 kanals of land and boasts a remarkable capacity of accommodating over 12,000 graves. Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi had the opportunity to review the facilities, which include an ablution area, janazgah (prayer hall), and ambulance services. One noteworthy change is the reduction in the burial fee, which has significantly dropped from Rs10,000 to just Rs3,500 as suggested by Local Government and Community Development Department Punjab. This fee revision aims to make funeral services more affordable for citizens during challenging times.

Easy Access with Dedicated Ambulance Service

To further streamline the process, citizens can now access ambulance services specifically for the graveyards by dialling 1190. This quick and efficient service ensures that the deceased can be transported to their final resting place with the utmost care and respect, alleviating the burden on grieving families during their time of need.

Expanding the Model Graveyards Initiative

Officials have informed Chief Minister Naqvi that the government has already commenced the construction of model graveyards in several other cities across Punjab. These cities include Dera Ghazi Khan, Faisalabad, Sheikhupura, Rahim Yar Khan, and Sahiwal. The move to replicate this initiative in multiple cities demonstrates the government's commitment to providing accessible and organized burial facilities to a wider population.

A Vision Initiated by Shehbaz Sharif

It's worth noting that former Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif introduced the concept of model graveyards in Lahore. The initial graveyard, established on over 89 kanals and 10 marlas of land in Mauza Rakh Cheddu near Ferozepur Road, set a precedent for this compassionate and forward-thinking approach to burial services. Shehbaz Sharif's vision aimed to expand this project to other cities, but a change in government in 2018 temporarily slowed down its progress.

As this initiative spreads to more cities, it ensures that this humane approach to handling the final rites of individuals becomes a widespread norm, reflecting the values of compassion and respect that underlie Pakistani society.


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