Pune: The Khadki Cantonment Board (KCB) is planning to construct two gas-run crematoriums by the end of this year, and officials claimed the consatruction cost will be relatively lesser than similar crematoriums built by the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC).
Amol Jagtap, CEO of KCB, said, “The expenditure of constructing these two gas crematoriums will be Rs 4.16 crore, which is relatively less compared to the gas crematoriums built by the PCMC.”
Amol Godbole, Executive Engineer of KCB, said, “In 2013-14, the PCMC had built a gas crematorium within their jurisdiction. Accordingly, KCB officials consulted PCMC officials to know details about the gas crematorium. The PCMC officials revealed that Rs 1.36 crore and Rs 3 lakh per month are being spent on operational and maintenance charges on each gas crematorium, respectively. The KCB has planned to spend Rs 1.5 crore on each gas crematorium and Rs 75,000 per month toward average monthly operation and maintenance charges, respectively.
According to Sanjay Kulkarni, Executive Engineer of PCMC’s Environment Department, the cost of construction of the gas crematorium was up to Rs 5 crore.
The KCB is constructing a gas crematorium each in the eastern and western parts within its jurisdiction, one at the Kailash Crematorium near Holkar Bridge and another at the Vaikuntha Crematorium.
Godbole said the KCB alone has funded this project. The construction work at both the sites will start this month and be completed by the end of this year. Chimneys will be constructed at both the crematoriums, including the traditional and gas crematoriums. Considering both the crematoriums, the tentative cost of consumption of gas and electricity at current tariff will be around Rs 90,000 per month.”
Jagtap said, “As there are CNG pipelines installed within the jurisdiction of KCB, the gas crematorium will work on CNG. Also, the electric crematorium needs to be kept in pre-heated condition, irrespective of the fact whether any body is there or not so that there is no drop in temperature, which leads to more consumption of energy. A gas crematorium needs only 30 to 60 minutes preheating before the cremation.”