Cemeteries fumes to be filtered by PMC under the National clean air programme

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A fund of Rs 311 crores and 89 lakhs has been sanctioned for the period from 21-22 to 25-26 for the national clean air programme. 

Under the national clean air programme, Air Pollution Control units are to be installed by Pune Municipal Corporation to filter fumes from the cemeteries in Bibwewadi, Aundh, Ambegoan, Wagholi, Karadi and Navi Peth areas.

A fund of Rs 311 crores and 89 lakhs has been sanctioned for the period from 21-22 to 25-26 for the national clean air programme.  In the first phase, a fund of 9 crores 92 lakhs has been given. The standing committee has approved 5 Crore 73 lakhs for the installation of an APC unit to treat the frequent fumes coming out of the crematorium.

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Additional Commissioner of Municipal Corporation Dr. Kunal Khemnar had put this proposal for approval and the six tenders were approved by the standing committee for APC units.

 “We are installing APC units and have covered many areas. Our team is working on the remaining,” said Abhay Dharmadhikari, deputy engineer, electrical dept, PMC.

Residents living near Vaikuntha crematorium ground in Navi Peth have lodged complaints with PMC about fumes coming from the crematorium which may cause health issues.

“We are facing health issues because of the fumes coming from the crematorium. The fumes reach our home balcony, as well. We have complained to the PMC about this,” said Krishna Kadam, a resident. 

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