Electric crematorium to be installed at Devghat Dham

- RAMESH KUMAR PAUDEL, CHITWAN

Dec 2, 2018-

The government is all set to install an electric crematorium in Devghat Dham—a famous religious and cultural centre that lies on the border of Chitwan, Tanahun and Nawalparasi districts.

The Intensive Urban and Building Construction Project (IUBCP) in Chitwan said it will soon approve the tender invited for the construction of the crematorium.

Kumar Ghimire, chief of the IUBCP, said the electric crematorium will be constructed within two years of the contract signing.

Devghat Dham is not only a popular spot for holy ablution, it is also a major crematorium spot for the people of Chitwan, Nawalparasi, Tanahun and various other districts. Devghat Dham houses three Ashrams, three Gurukuls, a Sanskrit school, three old age homes and more than a dozen temples.

“We have been taking initiatives to set up the electric crematorium for a long time. We visited the federal and provincial governments and also requested the Metropolitan city to help with the project,” said Tanka Nath Paudel, the outgoing chairman of Devghat Area Development Committee.  

The committee hopes that the electric crematorium will be cost-effective, eco-friendly and time-saving as compared to the traditional wooden pyres widely used to burn bodies.

 According to Paudel, as many as 24 bodies from several districts are brought to Devghat Dham every day.

“The smoke and smell of traditional wooden pyre greatly affect the students and senior citizens of old age homes. Large quantity of wood is used to burn the bodies, resulting in deforestation. So we have planned to install the electric crematorium in the area,” said Paudel.  

The technical proposal for the project construction has already been approved. The IUBCP estimates Rs 170 million will be needed to install the electric crematorium.

Published: 02-12-2018 09:16

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