The ‘vertical’ burial place at Chaltlang in Aizawl will be of 5 tiers with a capacity to hold 135 cadavers. A single chamber is 7 ft long, 26 inch wide and 16 inch tall
Aizawl: In today’s massive urban expansion, space is running out even for the dead. As many religions are against cremating the dead, countries are coming up with innovative ideas to find a resting place for the deceased. In Christianity, burial is among the three important rituals along with christening and marriage. As a result, Christians in a space-starved country like India are coming up with ‘vertical’ cemetery.
Like the Moksha tower (for multiple faiths) of Mumbai and the burial vaults of Kerala, the state of Mizoram, for the first time, will have a multi-storeyed cemetery this year. Construction for the project started in March and is almost about to be completed by the Chaltlang branch of Young Mizo Association (YMA).
The multi-storeyed cemetery at Chaltlang locality will be of five tiers with a capacity to hold 135 cadavers. Each chamber is connected with a pipe that leads it to a soak pit. A single chamber is seven feet long, 26 inch wide and 16 inch tall.
An engineer from the public health engineering department helped in drafting the design. The locality also received a fund of Rs 29,730,00 from the state government. Also, the top floor of the building will be used as a space for conducting religious burial services.
YMA president of Chaltlang locality, Lalhruaitluanga said, “With scarcity of space in the city, we have thought of constructing a multi-tiered cemetery since 2008, but we are able to execute it [until] this year.”
“If for some uneventful reasons like a calamity or accident, our locality needs to bury several corpses, this multi-storeyed cemetery will be convenient,” he added, as digging and preparing the ground for a single graveyard requires immense time and manpower.
The multi-storeyed cemetery will conserve burial space. Up to 135 corpses will be laid while a traditional ground burial where the building is built will be able to accommodate 20-25 cadavers.