"This facility will not be a basic one but one which will have modern amenities. People will have the ability to go out and perform all the final rituals after the burial is done which will also include the ash disposal". Aiyaz Khaiyum at the ground-breaking ceremony
at Vatuwaqa Funeral Rites Ceremony
This facility will be built in Vatuwaqa beside the Vatuwaqa Crematorium for the users convenience.
While doing the ground breaking ceremony, the Attorney General said the issue was raised in parliament back in the 1990s and since then nothing has been done.
"Unfortunately for decades in Fiji, the Hindu community did not have this kind of dedicated space. This is precisely the reason why government has engaged into this project," the AG said.
"This facility will not be a basic one but one which will have modern amenities. People will have the ability to go out and perform all the final rituals after the burial is done which will also include the ash disposal".
It will include all the sanitation facilities, showers, places for people to cook, parking space and a cremation facility itself.
The AG said that births, marriages and deaths are the three key types of events which brings people together where you actually perform certain rituals so it is essentially a very dear and personal component in anybody’s life.
He added that when we actually perform this rituals, the environment must be conducive that give people dignity, that make people feel that they are able to carry out the rituals in the manner in which that they should as religious rights and ritual require a level of sacredness.
The total cost for the project is $746,699.00. The government had allocated $100,000 in the 2016/2017 National Budget.
Similar facilities are also planned to be built in Nausori, Lautoka and in the Northern Division. Source: Fiji Government newsite