Pune News : Wait for final rites gets longer at Vaikunthdham crematorium

Pune: The wait to cremate the dead bodies at Vaikunth Dham in Pune is getting painfully longer.Out of total four electric crematoriums two have been non functional, said locals.

There are a total three electric crematoriums and one gas crematorium available at Vaikunth Dham in Navi Peth in Pune. However, because of non functionality of two crematoriums several families were forced to wait more than 6-7 hours.

“It will take one and half hours  to cremate one dead body. If there are five to six dead bodies in the waiting line then it will take an entire day to cremate them. As a result of which we have to wait for a long time, ” said Abhimanyu Jahagirdar, from Bibwewadi.

Social activist Vivek Welankar said, “PMC should think on how to reduce load from the Vaikunthdam in Navi Peth. Because almost 60 per cent cremation in Pune to be performed in Navi Peth only. Hence, it will create more pressure on it. At the same time PMC should be careful of regular maintenance of all crematoriums across the city.”

Shrinivas Kandul, head of the PMC electric department said, “Only one electric crematory is closed for maintenance purpose.Other three are in working condition. Even after considering the load we have made provision of Rs 2.5 crore under which we will build new four electric crematoriums at Vaikunthdham in Navi Peth, so that people need not to wait for final rites.”

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