The Public Health Department controls and maintains the following cemeteries and cremations grounds:
1. St Georges/ Gebert / Western / Muslim Cemeteries, Les Salines (Tel: 2111822)
2. Eastern Cemetery, Roche Bois (Tel: 2403080)
3. Cremation Grounds at Tranquebar, Les Salines and Vallée des Prêtres
4. Crematorium at Les Salines.
5. Pailles Cemetery.
Burials as well as placing of dead bodies in vaults and cremations are effected by Burial Ground Attendants under the supervision of Health Inspectors after all formalities are completed. The Health Inspectors posted at the Cemeteries also collect burial fees (re-opening of graves/vaults), fees for the purchase of new plots of ground, municipal vaults rental fees, cremation fees, etc. They supervise the works of cemetery labourers responsible for the cleaning of the cemeteries (grass cutting, refuse collection, etc.).
Normal Opening Hours of Cemeteries
Late night burials up to 10.30 p.m. may be acceded to at Muslim Cemetery. The officer in charge of the cemetery should be informed before 5.30 p.m. on the same day.
Fees leviable for the purchase of land for graves or vaults, digging/re-opening of graves, construction of vault tombs and monuments, cremation etc are as follows:
|Purchase of land for graves||Rs|
|The price of any plot of land not exceeding 1 metre 83centimetres by 91 centimetres shall be||500|
|For any plot of land exceeding the above surface measurements, the price for additional requirement, which shall not exceed 15 centimetres in length, shall be||200|
|Purchase of land for vault||Rs|
|The price of any plot of land not exceeding 3 metres 35 centimetres by 2 metres 13 centimetres shall be||5000|
|For any plot of land exceeding the above surface measurements, the price for every additional square centimetre or fraction of a centimeter shall be||50|
|Digging/re-opening of graves||Rs|
|The price for digging of one private or common grave shall be||300|
For construction of vault tombs and monuments the following rates shall be paid in addition to the price of the land:
|1st class||Vault or tomb of more than 1 metre and 83 centimetres in height||4000|
|2nd class||Vault or tomb not exceeding 1 metre and 83 centimetres in height||2000|
|3rd class||Vault or tomb not exceeding 1 metre and 22 centimetresin height||1000|
|4th class||Vault or tomb not exceeding 91 centimetres in height||750|
|5th class||Vault or tomb not exceeding 30 centimetres in height||500|
|6th class||Simple gravestone place horizontally or vertically with inscription||375|
|7th class||Tomb covered with plaster without a grave stone not exceeding 30 centimetres in height||250|
|8th class||Grave board with inscription||75|
|A cross wood or iron - not exceeding 61 centimetres in height||50|
|A cross wood or iron exceeding 61 centimetres in height||75|
|For the construction of a subterranean vault, in addition||1000|
|Should such vault extend above the level of surrounding soil, the additional fee mentioned for vaults or tombs above the ground shall be:||Rs|
|For an enclosure in plain boards (trellis or bars) of 61 centimetres in height||100|
|For an enclosure in plain boards of 91 centimetres in height||125|
|For an enclosure in plain boards of 1 metre and 22 centimetres in height||150|
|For 4-pillars in chains||100|
|For each additional pillar supporting chains||25|
|For all iron railings having not more than one metre in height||250|
|For an enclosure of stones||250|
|For the re-opening of a vault:|
The above tariff shall be held to apply to the cemeteries wherever situated within the jurisdiction of the Council.
No fee shall be paid for digging of graves for burial of unclaimed dead bodies.
The following rates shall apply for the occupation of any vault erected by the Council in its cemeteries provided that a refundable deposit of Rs 3000 be paid as security.
|One compartment of any municipal vault per month or fraction thereof for the first six months||100|
|For the same occupation per month or fraction thereof after the first six months||150|
|For the same occupation per month or fraction thereof after one year||250|
Fees for cremation:
Cremation without coffin - Rupees 2000
Cremation with coffin - Rupees 3000
No new graves are available for sale at St Georges, Western, Gebert and Eastern Cemeteries.
Documents to be produced for burial to the Officer in Charge of Cemetery:
Documents to be produced to Inspector in Charge of Crematorium:
The management of cemeteries and cremation grounds are regulated by The Cemeteries Regulations 2011.