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Jamshedpur’s Subernarekha burning ghaat gets Rs 15 lakhs incinerator

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Jamshedpur, June 9: Subernarekha burning ghaat in Bhuiyadhih on Wednesday received an incinerator at its premises. It is a first-of-its-kind incinerator that has been installed on the premises. It will be used in disposing of the paraphernalia brought along a dead body at the burning ghaat.

Set up at a cost of Rs 15 lakhs from the MLA fund and constructed under the aegis of the civic body, Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC), the incinerator was inaugurated by the Jamshedpur East legislator, Saryu Roy.

While inaugurating the incinerator, Roy said that the new facility is a step towards improving the environment in and around the Subernarekha burning ghaat and the adjoining Subernarekha river. The move will help to make the area free from the paraphernalia that is brought along a body.

According to information, on an average, a dozen dead bodies are cremated at the Subernarekha burning ghaat every day. Moreover, during the second phase of Covid-19 most cases, on an average 25 bodies were disposed of at the ghaat.

JNAC city manager, Ravi Bharti who was present during the incinerator inauguration program informed that the best part of the incinerator is that the remains generated from it will be used as compost.

In some cases, the people also bring pillows and bedsheets beside other household materials used by the deceased and during the cremation, the flowers and other household articles left or thrown away near the cremation ghaat, causing the surroundings to get littered. A part of such materials also find its way in the adjoining Subernarekha river.

An incinerator machine is a mechanical unit that is built to destroy waste. This happens by burning the waste at an extremely high temperature, reducing it to bottom ash. Waste of all manners is burned until it is reduced to nothing but ash, gas and heat. While many people think gas generated from incineration is harmful for the environment, modern incinerators filter out pollutants meaning only clean air is released from the machine.

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