Hindu funerals can now be performed on the premises of homes sans malodorous smoke from burning bodies.
A mobile crematorium developed by Krishnaprasad Warrier of Thiruvilwamala near here is claimed to cremate bodies without spitting out nauseating smoke that can get neighbours hot under the collar.
In olden days, bodies were cremated on the premises of residences. Environmental issues and protests from neighbours have forced people to cremate the bodies of their near and dear in public crematoria.
“No one likes to live near a public crematorium. Protests have been witnessed in many places in the district where cremations are performed,” said Thrissur Collector P. M. Francis.
Thiruvilwamala, nestling on the banks of the Bharathapuzha, has seen public ire over cremation of bodies at Ivar Matom there. The opposition made the Thiruvilwamala grama panchayat ban cremation of bodies brought from outside. The Smasana Samrakshana Samithi has moved the High Court against the panchayat's decision.
Bodies from Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram and Palakkad used to be cremated at Ivar Matom. About 70 bodies were cremated there every day.
“The developments fired my imagination and I made a mobile crematorium,” said Mr. Warrier. He claimed that a body would be cremated within two-and-a-half hours in the mobile crematorium run by him. “LPG is used for five minutes. The crematorium will emit odourless smoke for a few minutes till the fuel used — coconut shell and firewood — gets burnt. An electric blower pumps air through apertures in an iron pipe attached to a chamber in which the body is kept. The crematorium is attached to an electricity generator,” he said.