PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has approved funds of Rs 20.4 million for crematoriums in the four districts of the province and Rs 50.1 million for graveyards for Christians community in seven districts of the province.

Crematoriums will be established in Hangu, Peshawar, Bannu, DI Khan and Nowshera districts while the graveyards will be set up in Peshawar, Dir lower, Mardan, Swat, Swabi, Kohat and Nowshera districts.

The details provided to media by government officials, to build crematorium or Shamshan Gath in Hangu, where two Kanal of land will be procured for which Rs 3.5 million has been allocated. Another crematorium will be constructed in Bannu district where 2 kanal of land will be purchased at the cost of Rs 4.5 million. A crematorium will also be established in Dera Ismail Khan District where two Kanal of land will be purchased at the cost of Rs 4 million. Rs 3 million has been allocated for procurement of land for the crematorium in Nowshera district of the province. Another crematorium will be set up in the provincial capital, where Rs 9 million has been allocated to purchase 5 Kanal of land.

Thus the total cost of all the four crematoriums is estimated at Rs 20.4 million.

For the Christians community of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the KP government has planned to purchase land in seven districts for their graveyards for which a total of Rs 50.10 million has been allocated. In Provincial capital, six Kanal of land will be procured at the cost of Rs 10. 20 million.  Another graveyard will be established in District Mardan for which Rs 7.5 million has been set aside. Another graveyard will be set up at 4 Kanal of land in District Swat at Rs 7 million.  In Nowshera, Rs7 m has been allocated to purchase 4 Kanal land for the graveyard.  Other graveyards will be set in Swabi and Dir Lower for which Rs 5 million each have been allocated. Rs 7.5 million has been set aside of graveyard in Kohat.

The crematorium for Sikh and Hindu communities and Graveyards of Christians are one of their oldest demands. A Sikh leader, Babaji Guru Gurpal Singh has also filed a petition in the Peshawar High Court urging it to direct the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government to allocate funds to build a crematorium for the community in the provincial capital so that they can cremate their dead. At present, the Sikh and Hindus have to transport dead to Attock city for cremation.