Published : 9:42 am  August 9, 2016 | No comments so far |  |  (1236) reads | 

Untitled-1 Untitled-2The Borella cemetery was to receive a Rs. 500 million facelift in the coming months, the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) said. Colombo Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Ruwan Wijemuni said in addition to renovating the surrounding roads and adding a new car park, three more crematoriums and a lighting system would be added. He said the entire premises would be landscaped. “The Kitulwatta Road and Model Farm Road will be made one way.

This will make it easier for people to come to the cemetery and the new crematoriums. The project is slated to commence within the next two months, and is scheduled to be completed within a period of six months. Tenders will be called for the project,” the CMO said. The project will be funded by the CMC and the Local Government and Provincial Councils Ministry. Speaking to the Daily Mirror last year, Dr. Wijemuni said a part of the cemetery would be demarcated as a green burial ground. “The population in the city is increasing along with the demand for better facilities.

We will first develop the Borella cemetery and then other cemeteries coming under our purview. The crematorium will be constructed with additional space for family and friends to pay their respects, and the area used for wood pyres will also be developed with the construction of an elevated slab to place the dead,” the CMO said. Meanwhile, Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Faiszer Musthapha who recently visited the Borella cemetery directed the CMO to recruit more staff and establish restroom facilities for both visitors and workers.

Largest cemetery in SL

Borella cemetery is the largest cemetery in Sri Lanka, which owns 48 arcs, and about 10-15 funerals are taken place per day. There are four crematoriums in use and two more are under constructions. There are three main parts in the Borella cemetery, while two of them are under the administration of the Roman Catholic Church and the England Council. The other part which is separated for Buddhists, Hindus and the Christians, is under the administration of the CMC. There are 50 in the staff together with the 10 watchers.