SINGAPORE- Exhumation has begun at last at the Bukit Brown Cemetery, where more than 3,000 of nearly 100,000 graves will make way for a new road.
The public exhumation, coordinated by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), began on Tuesday. Over the next nine months, 3,442 graves will be exhumed.
A total of 304 graves have already been exhumed privately by family members. In all, 1,263 graves have been claimed to date.
The remains that are still unclaimed three years after exhumation will be cremated individually and scattered at sea.
Construction of the new road will begin in stages after the exhumation of affected graves is completed, an LTA spokesman said.
"While construction is ongoing, members of the public can continue to enter the other parts of Bukit Brown Cemetery that are not affected by the road construction. The details of access routes will be made available to the public when construction starts."
The exhumation process is being documented by anthropologist Hui Yew-Foong and his team, who have been appointed by the Government for the task.