Pet owners in the capital will now be able to bid farewell to their deceased pets, as the dog crematorium being readied by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) will have pundits (priests), a prayer room and a separate facility for the owners to take the ashes, said the civic body officials.
The South civic body is constructing the city’s first government-run dog crematorium in Dwarka Sector 29, touted to be completed by March 2019, and will have an electric crematorium.
SDMC veterinary department head R B S Tyagi said: “There will be priests available for people who want the service. There will also be locker room facility for people visiting the place, a prayer room, and a provision to hand over the ashes to the owners.”
As per officials, stray dogs will also be cremated at the centre, free of cost. The cost at which the services will be offered will be decided by the Standing Committee once the facility is complete, added officials.
Besides this, the 3.5-acre facility will have the capacity to cremate 50 kg dog carcasses per hour, and will have an electric furnace.
A senior official said that presently, dog owners bury their dogs in the open, or some private NGOs provide burial facilities for pet animals.
Several bodies are buried on the banks of Yamuna which pollutes the river, said the official, adding that the facility being provided by SDMC will be eco-friendly. The body is also planning to fit GPS devices in all dog vans, the official added.