Staff reporter

Easier to operate and cause little pollution

CHENNAI: Fourteen crematoria in the city will have gasifier units by March 2007, local administration minister M. K. Stalin said here on Sunday.

After inspecting the gasifiers at Besant Nagar and Mylapore crematoria, Mr. Stalin told reporters that these units were easier to operate and caused little pollution when compared to electric crematoria. He also visited Krishnampet crematorium to review the progress of the gasifier unit construction. The minister said that the total cost of setting up a gasifier crematorium unit would be about Rs. 50 lakh. The crematoria in Velankadu, Nungambakkam, Vadapalani, Saidapet, Kodungaiyur, Kasimedu, Vyasarpadi, Perambur, Otteri, Thangal and Taramani are to be equipped with the facility.

Mr. Stalin also announced that gasifier units were proposed to be installed in crematoria in other Corporations, Municipalities and Town Panchayats in Tamil Nadu. The time taken for a cremation and the handing over of ashes to relatives takes about an hour in the gasifier crematorium.

The fuel used in the gasifier is low-cost firewood.

Wood chips are fed into the gasifier and the gas produced is used to light the furnace in the chamber. The exhaust smoke from the cremation is treated using a `wet scrubber' treatment. Water is used to remove the soot and fine smoke is let out of a tall chimney.