The Mysuru City Corporation has decided to open ‘Mukthi Dhama’ – the first-of-its kind crematorium in South India built at a cost of Rs 6.60 crore for public use. “From today, anyone can make use of the modern crematorium,” Mayor B L Bhyrappa told media persons here on Saturday.
The hi-tech crematorium was constructed by Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) in Vijayanagar Third Stage set up in an area of 5.10 acres. The crematorium was recently been handed over to the MCC by MUDA.
“MUDA has handed over the crematorium to MCC. Now we are looking after its maintenance and have decided to keep it open for anyone who wants to make use of it,” Bhyrappa said.
The hi-tech crematorium has two electric and one gas furnaces, besides four open platforms for cremating bodies in traditional method using wood, two roofed platforms for the same to accommodate as many as 300 persons each during the rituals.
Separate bathing and toilet facilities for men and women are also available besides parking space for 100 two wheelers and 100 cars. As many as 35 bodies can be cremated in a day at the modern crematorium. Four granite platforms have been constructed for the relatives to perform religious ceremonies before and after cremation.
According to an engineer who was associated with the project, both electric and gas chambers were eco-friendly. The gas chamber required a maximum of 38 kg of gas to burn a body in 30 to 60 minutes. The smoke emitted from the chambers will be purified with the help of technology. The chimney is about 100 ft high.
The eco-friendly crematorium that has can harvest 50,000 litres of rainwater has an attractive welcome arch and a landscaped campus complete with a fountain and three stone sculptures of Lord Ganapathi, Lord Shiva and Lord Buddha.
The tender for the crematorium was called in 2010 and the works were competed in 2012. The facility was lying unused and the Mayor said that henceforth it will see utilisation. “We will not wait for any sort of inauguration and have decided to immediately throw open the crematorium for public use as we cannot leave it unutilised,” he said.
A nominal charge – as being levied in crematoriums in Bengaluru – of Rs 50 to Rs 150 (depending on the type of cremation – gas and electric cremation) would be levied. “People from all communities and caste are open to use to cremate the dead. Facilities for ledger entries to obtain death certificates have been arranged for the public to complete formalities,” the Mayor said.