Agartala: Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in Tripura have been working to convert the existing fire-wood based crematoriums into gas or electricity-propelled mechanisms to reduce pollution, Mayor Deepak Majumder said.

As a part of the initiative, Majumder said, “the biggest electricity run crematorium is being set up at Battala crematorium located at the heart of Agartala city. A total of Rs 50.4 lakh has been spent on the installation of the new machines at the crematorium. The crematorium will be inaugurated on Wednesday by Urban Development Minister Santana Chakma.”

“This is for the first time such a facility is being set up in the city. A total of 14 corpses can be burnt in the purpose-built furnace installed in the crematory. The cremation process will be done with no emission of pollutants in the air. The Agartala Municipal Corporation has taken initiatives to modernize all the crematoriums that come under its jurisdiction”, the Mayor added.

According to Majumder, initial works have started at Chinahihani and Mohanpur. On the existing facilities, he said, “We are also working to develop existing gas-based furnaces devising modern technologies. In the case of the gas-based furnaces, it needs some time for cooling down after cremation. But in electricity-run furnaces, such a cooling down period is not required. Also, less time is required for the final rites,” he added. 

Lauding the role of Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, Majumder said, “Under the able leadership of Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, work under Agartala Smart City Mission is progressing at a rapid pace. Agencies like Agartala Municipal Corporation and Urban Development Department, Government of Tripura, are working hard to ensure that people of urban areas get all sorts of services they deserve.”

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