Kharghar elec­tric cre­ma­to­rium plan gets a boost

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Jawa­har­lal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) has as­sured res­i­dents that con­crete steps would be taken within two weeks to open up the ser­vice road at Karal Phata in Uran area.

On Wed­nes­day, JNPT chief man­ager (port plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment) AJ Lokhande to ld this to a del­e­ga­tion of MNS lead­ers who met him in his of­fice.

JNPT had called a meet­ing of the MNS del­e­ga­tion on Wed­nes­day fol­low­ing the chakka jam ag­i­ta­tion of MNS on Mon­day.

The MNS had or­gan­ised the ag­i­ta­tion protest­ing the ris­ing num­ber of ac­ci­dents in the re­gion. The ag­i­ta­tion was sus­pended af­ter JNPT of­fi­cials as­sured that they would hold dis­cus­sion with them on the is­sue.

At the meet­ing, MNS lead­ers de­manded ex­pla­na­tion on the in­ad­e­quate ba­sic ser­vices and ameni­ties in the re­gion. A new rail­way cross­ing has been con­structed at Karal for the land fill­ing work of the 4th port.

It has been shut for years. The MNS de­manded that it be opened. An MNS leader said, “Lokhande as­sured us at the meet­ing that ser­vice lanes will be con­structed on both the state and na­tional high­ways that con­nect to JNPT. He also as­sured that the rail­way phatak will be opened soon.”

JNPT of­fi­cials have said all steps are be­ing taken to re­solve traf­fic is­sues in the area. A man gives his horse a bath at Vashi on a hu­mid Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

The Kopar Khairane po­lice have ar­rested two em­ploy­ees of a wine shop in Ghan­soli area for al­legedly as­sault­ing a cus­tomer over a triv­ial mat­ter.

The two ar­rested are San­toshku­mar Ya­dav and Aniket Gaikwad. The in­ci­dent oc­curred around 9.30pm on Wed­nes­day at Meena wine shop in Sec­tor 5.

Ac­cord­ing to se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Kopar Khairane po­lice sta­tion Satish Gaikwad, “The com­plainant Chandan Ra­j­pal told us that he had gone to the shop and handed over money to buy some items. When he did not get his or­der even af­ter 5-10 min­utes, he ques­tioned the staff at the counter. The staffers claimed that he had not given any money.”

Gaikwad said, “This led to an ar­gu­ment be­tween the two. Sud­denly, a shop em­ployee at­tacked Ra­j­pal with a stick. He had to be taken to a hospi­tal where he had to take stitches.”

He said, “Af­ter the com­plaint, we in­ves­ti­gated into the mat­ter and ar­rested the two ac­cused.”

He added, “We will send a re­port on the is­sue to the pro­hi­bi­tion depart­ment against the wine shop. There have been com­plaints about peo­ple drink­ing out­side wine shops. We will sup­port all ac­tion planned by the ex­cise depart­ment to curb the men­ace.”

The city and in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco), this week, has de­cided to call ten­ders for con­struct­ing an elec­tric cre­ma­to­rium in Sec­tor-14, Kharghar. The project is ex­pected to cost around Rs1 crore.

Over 400kg of wood is re­quired to cre­mate one body. It leads to the en­vi­ron­ment be­ing de­stroyed and also leads to an ex­pen­di­ture of Rs2,000 to Rs3,000. Many fam­i­lies are un­able to af­ford the cost and hence the elec­tric cre­ma­to­rium will be a good op­tion for them.

RM Pusalkar, Cidco ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer, Kharghar, “Our aim is to curb the cut­ting of trees in jun­gles, con­serve the en­vi­ron­ment and re­duce pol­lu­tion. The elec­tric cre­ma­to­rium is be­ing set up in this con­text.”

“In case of power fail­ure, we have a gen­er­a­tor on a standby,” said Pusalkar.

“Around 40kg of ash gets ac­cu­mu­lated once a body is burnt. It is usu­ally re­leased in ponds and rivers caus­ing wa­ter pol­lu­tion. Through the gas cham­ber, the en­tire body is burnt in about 90 min­utes. The cre­ma­to­rium’s chim­ney will be 30m high which will pre­vent air pol­lu­tion,” said Pusalkar.

Ten­ders for the project are ex­pected to be called soon. Kharghar’s pop­u­la­tion has reached al­most 4lakh and is ex­pected to rise man­i­fold in the next few years.

There is just one cre­ma­to­rium in Kharghar for the Hindu com­mu­nity and one burial ground for the Mus­lim com­mu­nity.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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