Pune: In response to complaints of air pollution caused by the Vaikunth Crematorium in Navi Peth, Pune, Guardian Minister Chandrakant Patil has instructed the Pune Municipal Corporation to take necessary measures to reduce pollution in the area. Patil held a meeting with officials from the municipal corporation, including Additional Commissioner Dr. Kunal Khemanar, to discuss the issue.
Patil suggested that the use of wood for cremation at the Vaikunth Crematorium should be reduced and replaced with electric and gas furnaces to reduce air pollution in the area. He also proposed increasing the height of the chimney and setting up a dry scrubber to further reduce the amount of smoke in the air.
To address the issue, a committee was formed with local citizens who prepared a report on the management of the area. Patil gave his approval to the report and urged citizens to cooperate with the measures proposed to protect the environment.
According to Dr. Khemnar, there are already 10 electric vehicles, 13 gas vehicles, 1 hybrid vehicle, and 23 air pollution control systems available for cremation in the Pune Municipal Corporation area. It was suggested that if citizens use these facilities in a decentralized manner, the stress on Vaikunth Crematorium would be reduced.
Officials from Neeri and the Maharashtra State Pollution Control Board inspected the area and suggested various measures to reduce air pollution. The Pune Municipal Corporation is now taking action in accordance with these suggestions.