No takers for LPG crematoriums

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AmritsarPosted at: Jun 8, 2017, 1:28 AM; last updated: Jun 8, 2017, 1:28 AM (IST)Though these are environment friendly, people prefer conventional method


An LPG crematorium in Amritsar. Photo: Vishal kumar

Neeraj Bagga

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 7


Set up a few years ago, the LPG crematoriums continue to remain unpopular due to orthodox views of people. These crematoriums offer cremation at a very low cost, saving the precious green cover in comparison to the conventional cremation.
The two LPG crematoriums were made operational in the city on March 17, 2012 as part of the state’s pilot project. But no one turns up here as people still prefer wood to consign bodies to flames.
One of the LPG crematoriums is at Chatiwind gate, run by Shamshan Sewa Samiti. Its manager Krishan Gopal said not more than 75 cremations took place here since its installation. This remains so, he said, despite the fact that the cost of both form of cremations, whether on LPG run or wood fuel, is kept at Rs 1,400.
He said the LPG cremations were done mostly for unclaimed bodies and also by highly educated families and NRIs. Besides, LPG mechanism is preferred to cremate the bodies of unmarried persons as there is a belief that an unmarried person’’s cannot be left unattended and family members have to collect the ashes at the same time. In the case of LPG-run crematorium, the ashes can be collected within an hour, Gopal said.
Morari Lal Batra, chairman, Shivpuri, being run by the Durgiana Committee, says hardly 80 cremations have taken place at the LPG crematorium since its installation. He said the Durgiana Committee recently waived the entire cost of LPG crematorium to reduce the pollution and stress on wood fuel.
A cremation consumes about two and half quintals of wood. It causes a lot of pollution and the loss of precious wood is immense to the fragile environment.
A supervisor of one of the cremation grounds, Dharminder, said many people get the registration done for LPG cremation but they refuse after their peer and society pressurise them to stick to the centuries-old practice.
Traditional beliefs, myths and peer pressure hold the people back from adopting the new method despite the fact that it is environment friendly.
Religious beliefs of various religions and sects have been taken care of in the LPG-run crematorium. There is a provision for constant pouring of ghee over the body being cremated as per the rituals of Arya Samaj. The provision to hit the scalp of the body being cremated as per the Sanatan way of cremation is also available.

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