The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) health department is advocating for the cremation of deceased animals at the incinerator plant located near Naidu Hospital.
PMC emphasizes that burying animal bodies can result in the emission of foul odors, posing potential health risks to residents in the vicinity.
To address this concern, PMC is urging all citizens, including animal lovers, to opt for cremation at the incinerator plant as a safer and more environmentally friendly alternative to burial. The incinerator facility charges a nominal fee for pet owners, while the cremation of stray animals is offered free of charge.
Established in 2018, the incinerator plant has witnessed the cremation of approximately 3,873 domestic and stray animals between March and September. The PMC levies a fee of Rs 2,000 for cremating dogs and cats within municipal limits, and Rs 3,000 for larger animals. However, there is no fee for the cremation of stray animals.
During the period from March to September 2023, the Municipal Corporation generated revenue amounting to Rs 18,23,075 from the cremation services provided by the incinerator plant.