Since Non-Government Organisation managing Nigambodh Ghat has expressed willingness for free CNG-cremation, either concerned civic bodies or public-sector Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) should bear cost of CNG for cremation not only at Nigambodh Ghat but even at all other cremation grounds to encourage environment-friendly CNG-cremation.
Already East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) bears cost of CNG at cremation-grounds of Jwala Nagar and Karkardooma coming under it. Public-sector-organisations are authorised to spend a part of their budgets for social and charitable purposes. Best will be if IGL announces free CNG-supply for cremation-purposes as part of its social obligation to the society, which will be a negligible fraction of its total CNG-sale. Members of public always follow trend set up by political rulers and heavyweights.
Best way to popularise CNG-cremation is to provide state-honours only to those who might be cremated through electricity or CNG. It is noteworthy that many prominent non-Hindus including even Muslims and Christians have preferred cremation through electricity or CNG rather than burial.
North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and the NGO managing Delhi’s most popular cremation-ground Nigambodh Ghat, should set up a shop where all the items needed for cremation and after-cremation rituals (collection of bones from ash-remains) may be available at ‘No-profit No-loss’ for convenience of people coming there for cremation and after-cremation rituals.
Move will also take care of encroachers having set up shops on pavements and road outside gate of the cremation-ground. Rather strict-most action should be taken to remove encroachments outside the cremation-ground. Authorities and management at cremation-ground should also approach Mother Dairy authorities to set up a milk-booth just outside the Yamuna Bazar gate of the cremation-ground so that milk, curd etc needed in the morning for rituals during ash-collection may also be available there only. Such a milk-booth will also cater to needs of residents of Yamuna Bazar.
SUBHASH CHANDRA AGRAWAL
1775 Kucha Lattushah
Dariba, Chandni Chowk
New Delhi- 110006 (India)