Mukthidhama, the hi-tech crematorium built by Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) on a 5.10 acre plot of land at Vijayanagar 4th Stage at a cost of about Rs. 7.5 crore which was formally inaugurated on March 20, 2013 will start functioning soon, said Deputy Commissioner C. Shikha here yesterday.

Speaking to media persons after inspecting the facility, she said that though the same was dedicated a few months ago, pending works that have been completed now had made it unavailable for the public.

Dwelling on the features of the hi-tech crematorium which was said to redefine the concept of crematorium, she said that the facility had four open and two closed burning units, two other units which will run on electricity and added that yet another burning unit will be run on gas.

In a bid to facilitate rituals pertaining to the last rites at the crematorium, a huge area has been built within the precincts, she said and added that the District Administration was yet to take a decision on the maintenance of the facility as similar facilities outside the city of Bangalore, Chennai, Kerala and other places are being maintained by interested organisations.

The District Administration is collecting information on such organisations, she said and added that a final decision would be taken at the general meeting of MUDA and the maintenance could be entrusted either to the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) or other organisations.

Dismissing rumours that the smoke emanating from the chimneys would pose health hazards at the neighbouring localities, Shikha said that the chimneys had been constructed upto 100 ft in height and the ashes would be scientifically treated to address any health issues.

Mysore Sub-Division Assistant Commissioner Basavaraj, MUDA Commissioner S. Palaiah, Chief Engineer Veerabhadraiah, Zonal Officer B.S. Krishnamurthy, Engineer Srinivas and others accompanied the Deputy Commissioner.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore