ISLAMABAD - The Members of National Assembly have termed the funeral bus service of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) poor as the service has only three buses and even that are not in working condition.

In reply to a question regarding the poor condition of funeral bus service of the CDA during the proceedings of the National Assembly, Parliamentary Secretary for Cabinet Division, Khuram Jehangir Watto said that there were only three buses in the service for graveyard.

Khuram told that there are seven graveyards in Islamabad and a new graveyard is also being prepared on a land of 118 acres, which would be enough for the next 20 years.  “Graveyards for all religions including Christians, Ahmedi and Ismaeli are situated in the capital,” informed the parliamentary secretary.

Khuram Jehangir said that around 15 to 20 people passed away daily in the city and 3 vehicles of the service could not provide the facility to all the citizens in this regard. He added that dead bodies of unknown people were also found in Islamabad and it was also the duty of CDA to perform their burial ceremonies. He informed that the civic body did not receive any fee from the citizens for the funeral service.

Earlier, MNA Chaudhary Barjis Tahir said that people used private vehicles to burry the dead people. He was of the view that it is necessary that the civic body should provide special vehicles for this purpose and people are ready to pay fee in this connection. He remarked that buses of funeral service are not in functional condition, while Chairman CDA and others officials have dozens of vehicles. MNA Baligh-ur-Rehman also expressed his sorrow over the poor condition of funeral bus service.

Moreover, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) will induct two more vehicles for improving its graveyard services, Parliamentary Secretary Khurram Jehangir Wattoo told National Assembly. Responding a point of order he said, the existing vehicles of graveyard services would also be repaired within a two-month period.

It is pertinent to mention here that a total of seven graveyards are working in the federal capital including two graveyards for Christians, one each for Bahai, Kadyani and other communities. The first graveyard of 50 acre was established in the federal capital in year 1964. A new graveyard having the capacity of 118 acres is being established in sector H-11/3. The graveyard will be sufficient to cater the needs of next 20 years.

Replying to another question he said, CDA bears the expenditures of burying of the dead and charging no money from anybody.

The civic body also buries from 15 to 20 unclaimed dead bodies of addicted and children every month, he said.