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May 17, 2022

Controversial project: City Halls to invest over EUR 20 M in cemeteries

The Bucharest City Hall wants to invest approximately EUR 24 M in renovating and modernizing the city’s cemeteries. The works would target 17 cemeteries and would consist of modernizing their water and sewerage systems, enlarging their administrative buildings, connecting them to the power grid, landscaping and painting their chapels. The investment on modernizing the 17 cemeteries’ water and sewerage systems alone totals EUR 14 M and will be fully covered from the City Hall’s budget.

The largest single investment – EUR 8 M – will be made in the Bellu Cemetery. Moreover, the cemetery will benefit from a CCTV system. Likewise, EUR 700,000 alone will be earmarked for the construction of offices, waiting rooms and a diner for requiems. Two other projects will consist of painting Veste Cemetery’s chapel and rehabilitating and consolidating the Cenusa crematorium. Local authorities argue that they want to make these investments because the European Union calls for the modernization of cemeteries, the latter otherwise being at risk of being shut down. The project was about to be discussed yesterday during the Bucharest General Council’s meeting.

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