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Modern burning ghat

The burning issues of traditional cremation causing pollution in Bokaro and not being too pocket-friendly have been doused with the ONGC headquarters in New Delhi giving the go-ahead for a modern crematorium on the banks of Garga river in Chas under its CSR scheme.

In a faxed message to its local office, ONGC has sought completion of the project, which was promised more than a year ago, within the current financial year.

The oil and gas major’s public relations officer in Bokaro Rajiv Prasad said the blueprint had been approved and an amount of Rs 23 lakh sanctioned for the project that will bring much-needed relief to bereaved families.

“Construction of the crematorium — a concrete chamber with a gate and attached with a 200-feet-high chimney — will start in a few weeks and will be completed this fiscal,” he added.

Currently, bodies are cremated at the Garga ghat on the old-fashioned pyre. Depending on the size of a body, 300-450kg of wood is required. Also, the banks of the river are flooded during monsoon, which makes cremation difficult. The modern crematorium will need half the amount of wood and will be on higher ground.