Members of the Nationalist Youth Congress Party- Kharghar recently submitted a letter to the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) demanding the setting up of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) fire chambers for cremation. According to the members, this initiative will benefit the environment and help reduce the use of wood, which is normally required to burn dead bodies.
Kiran Patil, president of the youth wing said, “The burning of large amounts of wood causes a rise in the pollution levels. This in turn causes a number of diseases among residents. In areas like Dombivli, the installation of LPG fire chambers for cremation has brought a lot of relief to the locals.”
Patil further added that the use of LPG would also cut down on the cost, making it economical for NGOs, who often end up spending a lot of money for the cremation of terminally ill patients. Mohan Ninawe, public relation officer at CIDCO confirmed that the delegation had submitted a letter to the authorities.
However, environment enthusiasts from Kharghar are of the opinion that the setting up of an electric crematorium will be a better option. Ardent environmentalist and Convener of Aam Aadmi Party, Ravi Srivastava said, “It cannot be denied that air pollution is caused because of the burning of dead bodies. It should be ensured that the height of the chimney is greater than the regular one.” Srivastava, a Kharghar resident, added that such facilities should be away from residential areas.
Members of NCP’s youth wing said that they would follow up on the issue of the LPG crematorium until some concrete action is seen. Currently, the crematorium in Kharghar is at sector 14. Another environmental afficionado from the area, Dr Tarin Mithel also asserted the need for the installation of an electrical crematorium. “LPG crematorium would definitely help in reducing felling of trees, besides causing a reduction in the amount of pollution in the area,” concluded Dr Mithel.
On the other hand, Dr YB Sontakke, regional officer of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, Navi Mumbai said that this could be a logical move. “But while doing so, the sentiments of the people should not be hurt. There are many people who prefer the traditional way of burning and may not agree to such a setting,” Sontake said.