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LPG furnace starts operating at Khannagar crematorium

 A Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) crematorium introduced by Cuttack Municipal Corporation(CMC) at Khannagar Crematorium was made operational from today.

The CMC, which claimed that it is the first LPG-run crematorium in the State, has incurred an expenditure of Rs15 lakh towards converting the three decade-old electric unit at Khannagar crematorium into LPG.

Specially designed and manufactured by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) with advanced technology at a cost of Rs 10 lakh, the eco-friendly LPG furnace is expected to curb environmental pollution and be cost effective, said sources.

“The facility of LPG Crematorium has been opened for public after a trial run of the furnace was conducted with successful cremation of a body to assess the safety aspect on Monday,” said CMC Commissioner Gyana Das.

After the operation of the LPG furnace, the electric furnace set up at Khannagar in 1985 has been shut down, said the sources.

However, the traditional wooden pyre will continue as usual at the crematorium, Das said.

Notably, the electric furnace at the crematorium has been defunct for which the people faced a lot of problems. Besides, its operating cost was very high with the furnace required to be kept under pre-heated condition requiring uninterrupted power supply.

The LPG furnace has ‘switch on’ and ‘switch off’ mode, Das said.

CMC had been spending nearly Rs 1lakh per month towards payment of electric charges against a monthly receipt of around Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,000 with cremation charges of Rs.250 for adult and Rs.175 for children.

According to sources, two LPG cylinders are sufficient for three cremations and takes nearly 45 minutes for each cremation, Das said adding that CMC will have to spend around Rs.25,000 for cremation of 45 to 50 bodies per month.

The Khannagar LPG crematorium will charge Rs 250 for adult and Rs 50  for children below 12-year-old while below poverty line (BPL) people,  ration card holders under National Food Security Act(NFSA) and also the unclaimed bodies brought by police can avail the facility at free of cost.  People usually spend Rs.3,000 to Rs.4,000 towards cremation of a body by using fuel wood.


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