NGO demands restoration of British-era cemeteries



Shimla: Minority and Social Welfare Council, a Shimla-based NGO, today demanded that British-era cemeteries across the state should be renovated to preserve the legacy of the British.

Addressing reporters here, its chairman Rajeshwar Singh Negi said a memorandum in this regard would be submitted to Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal shortly. He rued that due to lack of sensitivity on the part of the government, the state is losing its cultural and historical heritage. “Most of the cemeteries have been vandalised, desecrated and encroach upon by local people. Despite the fact that such sites occupy a high place of sanctity, the government is adopting a callous attitude towards its maintenance,” he said.

He said all the 23 prominent cemeteries in the state are in a pathetic and dilapidated condition with the smaller cemeteries either having disappeared or are on the verge of extinction.

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