Saturday, May 26, 2018

PMC sets up incinerator for dignified funeral to pets


PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation has completed construction of an incinerator at Naidu Hospital for cremating pets and small animals. Pet lovers in Pune have been demanding a cremation facility for pets for years.

According to PMC officials, the facility has been set up by PMC’s electrical department. It will be maintained and operated by them in association with private parties. “The incinerator has been set up near PMC’s dog pond adjacent to Naidu Hospital. There was a demand from citizens and dog lovers to set up such a facility which has been met now,” said Mahendra Shinde, a senior official of PMC’s electrical department.

On an average, the civic body disposes of five to six large animals and 10 to 15 stray dogs and pigs. PMC officials said that more incinerators will be made available in the days to come. Another facility may be started soon near Mula-Mutha river in Mundhwa. The facility was shut down after objections were raised against the plant due to its proximity to the river. The facility is located 300 meters from the river and needs approval from River Red Zone committee.

“There were allegations that the remains after incineration were discharged into the river, which apart from polluting the water also posed a threat to the health of citizens. The closing of the unit meant that proper incineration facility was not available,” said a senior PMC official. “The matter is in court right now. We are hopeful that the decision will be in our favour. The decision on opening the facility will be taken after orders from the court,” said Prakash Wagh, a senior PMC official.

The civic body had initiated setting up of the unit in September 2012. It is spread over 1,800 sqft area. Apart from the incinerator, the facility also has space for servants' quarter for security guards.


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