BANGALORE: The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagrara Palike (BBMP) is gearing up to install solar water heaters in crematoriums and in its maternity hospitals. You may think what is the use of these eco-friendly water heaters in crematoriums? Some communities have the ritual of taking bath after burning the dead bodies of their family members on the crematorium premises. The Palike has taken up this project as there are instances of many people, particularly senior citizens seen shivering and feeling dizzy while taking bath in cold water after cremating the dead bodies.
In the first phase of this project, solar water heaters with the capacity of 300 liters will be installed in all the crematoriums and in the second phase solar water heaters will be installed in maternity hospitals of BBMP, to provide hot water for patients. There are 11 crematoriums under BBMP limits and 24 maternity hospitals.
AH Basavaraj, chairman of BBMP standing committee on ward level works said funds to install solar water heaters in crematoriums has been allocated on March 1, after the Lok Sabha elections works will be started. Plans to install solar water heaters in maternity hospitals are underway, he added.
He claimed that installation of solar water heaters in crematoriums is first of its kind in the state. Palike is spending Rs 1 lakh to each crematorium to install the solar water heaters. According to BBMP, on an average basis around 50,000 to 55,000 people die and around six bodies are cremated everyday in Bangalore.