For the more than 1000-odd residents of Jambhekar Maharaj Path colony at Dadar in the heart of Mumbai, life has been a hell for several years. While other residents of the city prefer to open all the windows to let in fresh air, these unfortunate residents keep their windows shut as the Smoke emanating from an electric crematorium situated amid residential buildings in the locality has made life difficult for them.
As the situation turned worse and the authorities kept a Nelson’s eye towards the problem, the residents are up in arms against the local government led by the local party Shiv Sena. They are now up in arms against the Bhagoji Baloji Kir crematorium, situated amid residential buildings in the locality that has made life difficult for the 1000-odd residents.
The residents are demanding that unclaimed, decomposed bodies should not be cremated in the area. Unclaimed bodies lie with police authorities and hospitals for several days before they are cremated in this crematorium in large numbers. The effects of cremating rotten bodies are more harmful than those of cremating bodies by the conventional method without any delay.
The crematorium has also led to noise pollution in the area. Either side of the road is congested with vehicles moving towards and out of the crematorium.
The residents want the problem to be tackled at a technical level. They want the crematorium should either be shifted or authorities should install the wet-scrubber system, which can dilute the intensity of the smoke.
A United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report also states that electric cremation is nearly seven times more intensive in terms of greenhouse gas emissions as compared to the traditional Hindu style of cremation.
Meanwhile experts say that residential societies should be at an adequate distance from the crematorium, because if the charred human tissues are not treated at the right temperature, the suspended particles can have adverse effects on the residents’ respiration.