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Government to Fund Gas Crematorium

The new crematorium will benefit thousands of Hindus, reduce carbon emissions and stop the cutting down of mangroves Raralevu in Nausori will soon have a new gas crematorium, funded by
23 Mar 2018 11:00
Government to Fund Gas Crematorium
Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at Waituri, Nausori, having discussions with members of the Waituri community after the Ram Navami celebration on March 21, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO

The new crematorium will benefit thousands of Hindus, reduce carbon emissions and stop the cutting down of mangroves

Raralevu in Nausori will soon have a new gas crematorium, funded by the Government.

The Government allocated funds in the 2017-2018 National Budget and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum will meet members of the committee of the current Raralevu crematorium on Saturday to discuss the project and how the committee plans to maintain the crematorium.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum, while speaking at a Ram Navami event in Waituri in Vuci, Nausori, on Wednesday night said the Government was keen to end the practice of using Dogo or mangroves in a funeral pyre.

Acres of Dogo or mangroves are used in a funeral pyre, but with a new gas crematorium placed, it will benefit thousands of Hindus, reduce carbon emissions and stop the cutting down of mangroves.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the Government would fund the building of the new gas crematorium, but it would be the responsibility of the committee to maintain it.

As announced in the budget, the Government has embarked on a project to construct funeral rites facilities, where families can perform final rites and lay their loved ones to rest with dignity and in relative comfort and safety.

The first such facility had been constructed in Vatuwaqa and the Government allocated $1 million to construct three more facilities at Lautoka, Labasa and Nausori – with the inclusion of gas crematoriums, where appropriate.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum had a lengthy discussion on a range of issues from roads to TELS and stayed after midnight with the Waituri community.

 Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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