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MCD plans to establish animal crematorium next year

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 | PNS | Dehradun

The Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) is planning to establish an electric crematorium for animals in the beginning of next year. The officials had started planning the crematorium when many councillors raised the issue in a board meeting in December that many locals are forced to bury their domestic animals and pets in secluded lands or even leave their bodies to rot in open due to insufficient means of cremation in the city.

The senior veterinary officer of the corporation, Dr DC Tiwari informed that the corporation has been planning the project for months and a team is currently working on preparing a detailed project report (DPR) for the same. He said that after preparing a final DPR, the MCD will send it to the administration and will also analyse the budget requirements. “A DPR was made earlier too but we needed to make some amendments to it.

The crematorium establishment is being planned very meticulously by the corporation and it is still in its initial stage. Due to this, it will take at least six months to go through all the procedures to set up an electric crematorium in MCD’s animal shelter in the Shankarpur area,” stated Tiwari. He said that the crematorium will be operated under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode and owners will be charged on the basis of pet’s or animal’s body weight. All stray animals including cattle, cats and dogs will be cremated in the crematorium too, added Tiwari. He also informed that the owners will be able to cremate their pets or animals through priests too to perform last rites.

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