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Dr Harsh Vardhan Inaugurates Green Crematoria Pyres In Delhi To Mitigate Air Pollution

According to Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Health Minister, air pollution has become a grave problem in India with more than 120 cities falling under non-attainment category as per the National Green Tribunal

Dr Harsh Vardhan Inaugurates Green Crematoria Pyres In Delhi To Mitigate Air Pollution
Highlights
  • Delhi has about 56 traditional cremation grounds
  • Technology can help tackle air pollution: Dr Vardhan
  • Government is focusing on reducing ambient air pollution: Dr Vardhan

New Delhi: The Minister of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences and Health and Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan on Friday inaugu rated four pyres of the Green Crematoria at Delhi’s Nigam Bodh Ghat Crematorium along with three new pyres run by Indraprastha Gas Limited. Speaking at the event, the Minister said, “Exceedingly high concentration of air emissions with respect to particulate matter, and other harmful gases have been measured in regions around the crematoria. To address the high localized toxic emissions from crematoria, CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute(NEERI) has developed technology knowhow to mitigate air pollution from Open Pyre Green Crematoria’s”.

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According to an official release, Dr Harsh Vardhan called for a comprehensive plan for institutionalised ‘Green Good Deed’ at the venue. He said with such green initiatives, a lot can be achieved in improving the air pollution index in the national capital and scientists from CSIR-NEERI can play a major role in that, and informed that the Central Government has already been working for improving the air quality index in 120 cities across the country.

Air Pollution has become a grave problem in India with more than 120+ cities falling under the non-attainment category as per the National Green Tribunal. In the recently announced General Budget 2021, a lot of emphasis has been given to allocate resource to mitigate the growing ambient air pollution related problem in India, he added.

Delhi has about 56 traditional cremation grounds where Hindus cremate bodies by burning massive piles of firewood in the open, billowing out clouds of black smoke into the sky.

The technology installed at VIP Pyre 3,4,5,6 comprises Fume collection and handling, Processing/cleaning, Utilities and Waste Handling systems.The system is designed with an efficient scrubbing system offering reduced emission of smoke, oil/greases, hydrocarbons, and particulates with ease of recycle and disposal of scrubbed liquid and solids, the release said.

The Minister pointed out that such technology helps to reposition our existing heritage by adopting clear methods for achieving our national and global commitments towards the environment.

The present emission control system with slight design modifications, can be extended to LPG/CNG and Diesel crematoria to future reduce the emission from these systems, he said.

On the occasion, Dr Harsh Vardhan also appealed for body and organ donation for research purposes and cautioned that people must never let their guard down and must follow appropriate Covid behaviour.

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10,528 298

64,87,593 811

1,41,175 5

Kerala

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41,386 2,724

50,86,044 5,833

41,768 168

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38,237 7

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26,86,683 737

36,539 10

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2,030 92

20,57,369 213

14,453 1

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137 3

16,87,437 7

22,911

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7,590 49

15,92,579 505

19,553 9

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344 26

14,15,955 65

25,099 1

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2,010 144

10,39,921 248

8,423 1

Chhattisgarh

10,07,011 44

337 7

9,93,081 37

13,593

Rajasthan

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221 0

9,45,743 28

8,956 1

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350 1

8,17,300 37

10,095

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137 4

7,82,593 13

10,528

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7,61,594 14

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28 2

7,14,126 5

12,090

Telangana

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3,810 23

6,69,328 171

4,000 1

Assam

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2,544 54

6,09,088 122

6,126 6

Punjab

6,03,509 21

333 28

5,86,565 46

16,611 3

Jharkhand

3,49,352 10

131 4

3,44,080 6

5,141

Uttarakhand

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172 2

3,36,781 13

7,411

Jammu And Kashmir

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1,661 45

3,31,771 151

4,483 2

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776 21

2,23,001 90

3,853 1

Goa

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413 1

1,75,409 34

3,387

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3,120 19

1,33,156 310

508 1

Puducherry

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250 30

1,26,968 38

1,875

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341 12

1,23,063 38

1,985 3

Tripura

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93 3

83,948 5

825

Meghalaya

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246 2

82,878 14

1,475

Chandigarh

65,500 12

62 4

64,618 8

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,294 1

35 1

54,979 2

280

Sikkim

32,374 5

214 1

31,755 6

405

Nagaland

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120 3

31,321 1

699

Ladakh

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270 25

21,238 34

215

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

0 0

10,679

4

Lakshadweep

10,404

10 0

10,343

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,690 2

3 1

7,558 3

129

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  1. Ashish Rai

    March 16, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    LPG Diesel used for cremation! Are you serious? If you must, it should be only compressed natural gas, otherwise, the mix will end up adding to pollution. Pollution caused in Delhi from vehicles running on diesel should make Swachh India learn the lesson. A person being cremated, would get the tag of having in his or her cremated polluted! Breathe the emissions and find out yourselves. Electric crematoria are green and most scientific insofar as they use up body’s carbon stored, for burning!

  2. Ashish Rai

    March 16, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    LPG Diesel used for cremation! Are you serious? If you must, it should be only compressed natural gas, otherwise, the mix will end up adding to pollution. Pollution caused in Delhi from vehicles running on diesel should make Swachh India learn the lesson. A person being cremated, would get the tag of having in his or her cremated polluted! Breathe the emissions and find out yourselves.

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