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Cemetery fined for big graves

A LOCAL cemetery is to be fined for illegally building and selling oversized grave sites, with some priced as high as 3 million yuan (US$476 million).

The law does not allow any grave unit, meaning the room to contain the ash box, larger than 1.5 square meters. But the cemetery watchdog found that the Qingzhuyuan Cemetery in suburban Jiading District was selling graves of about 10 to 20 square meters to boost sales.

The watchdog launched an investigation after receiving tips from the public.

The most luxurious and spacious grave was believed to be sold at 3 million yuan, according to some locals who had made inquires.

Officials said they had gathered enough evidence to fine the cemetery for selling the big graves. Officials said they would confiscate all the income from the illegal sales and hand out an extra fine of between 10,000 yuan and 50,000 yuan.

It marks the first case in Shanghai for local cemetery operators to be punished for selling graves larger than allowed, said the watchdog.


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