The giant aluminum chimney will release smoke emanating after cremating Covid-19 bodies wrapped in plastic, af…Read More
THANE: Residents staying around the Jawaharbaug crematorium in Thane can soon breathe easy as the Thane municipal corporation has decided to install a 100feet chimney here by August 20.
The giant aluminum chimney will release the dense smoke, emanating after cremating Covid bodies wrapped in plastic, after purifying it using special filters much above the dense residential localities.
Dr Vipin Sharma, municipal commissioner announced the decision to raise the height of the chimney following a visit to the facility, Friday morning. “We are raising the height of the chimney to 30m. The smoke from the cremation platforms will be sucked into the chimney and released after purification and ensure residents staying closeby do not suffer,” informed Dr Sharma.
TOI was the first to highlight the situation after residents complained of breathing ailments due to dense smoke emanating from the chimneys thanks to the huge quantum of thick plastic being burnt with Covid corpses here. A proposal to increase the height of the crematorium was delayed which was adding to the health concerns of the residents here.
Officials informed the giant chimney will draw smoke emanating from the four gas cremation chambers and three conventional pyres. The 2.5feet diameter structure will have a wet scrubber (purifier) installed at the top to trap all dense particles before the smoke is released in the air at a height of 100 feet. Regular maintenance of the chimney will also be carried out using cranes, said officials.
Meanwhile, residents are happy to hear there will be an end to the constant breathing ailments. “The crematorium gets many Covid corpses that are wrapped in plastic sheets as per ICMR protocol but burning of the covers led to an increase in air pollution in nearby areas. Many residents started complaining of breathlessness since the last few days following which we approached the administration,” informed activist Jagdish Khairalia.