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City ghat to get third furnace

Jamshedpur, Jan. 19: Long queues at Subernarekha burning ghat will soon be a thing of the past.

Subarnerekha Burning Ghat, a social organisation managing the affairs of the crematorium, today said it would soon come up with a third electric furnace at the ghat to ease the pressure on the existing two.

The furnace, which will come up behind the two existing ones at a cost of around Rs 1 crore, will receive financial aid from Tata Steel. S.K. Behra, managing director of RSB Transmissions Limited, is expected to formally complete the groundbreaking formalities in presence of Tata Steel executives and citizens of the city tomorrow.

Speaking to The Telegraph here today, president of Subarnerekha Burning Ghat, Shyamal Chowdhury, said the need for an additional furnace had cropped up as the existing two were failing to meet the pressure, often leading to long queues and by extension a long wait for the kin of the deceased.

“Hence we decided to install a third electric furnace complete with a building, power supply arrangement and exhaust gas clearing plant. The cost of the total project works out to Rs 1 crore approximately,” Chowdhury said.

He added that Tata Steel had promised to chip in with half the amount. “We have already received the first installment of Rs 16.63 lakh from the company. The rest of the amount too will be released in due time. As for the remaining Rs 50 lakh, we have decided to approach other companies,” said NGO secretary Sujit Roy.

He added that the crematorium saw around 12-15 bodies lining up daily with the numbers usually shooting up during the summer and winters.

“One of the existing furnace had to be closed for some days for maintenance works, compounding problems. So we decided to come up with a third facility as a backup and to ease the load,” Roy said.

The civil work on the furnace will start tomorrow and the NGO officials hopes that the facility was up and running in six months.