With a view to control air pollution and check the declining quality of water in the Yamuna, three new CNG crematoriums are likely to come up in the capital.
The health committee of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation gave its go-ahead to set up the crematoriums, which are likely to cost the corporation approximately Rs 2 crore each.
The crematoriums will be located in Green Park, Dwarka sector 24 and Subhash Nagar because these are high population density areas, said SDMC Mayor Shyam Sharma.
“We also want to discourage people from cremating bodies around the Yamuna,” said Sharma. He said several government programmes are already in place to improve water quality of the Yamuna, and the SDMC is doing its part in this process.
The CNG for these crematoriums will be procured from plants closest to the area.
The Green Park crematorium, currently an electric facility, will be being converted to a CNG facility. While one such crematorium already exists in Punjabi Bagh, Sharma said more crematoriums are being constructed on public demand.
Civil work on these sites and the laying of pipelines is likely to begin soon.
According to data submitted by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation to the Delhi High Court in August last year, 14,99,773 quintal of wood was used up by eight crematoriums under it in 2014-15. The six crematoriums under the South Delhi Municipal Corporation used up 39,877 quintals.
The East Delhi Corporation could not disclose data on the amount of wood used. The corporations also informed the court that no free fuel wood had ever been supplied to them by any government agency.