Climate change has had extreme impacts in India. Rise in average global temperatures have led to a worrying trend of no rain for long periods and then a sudden bout of excessive rainfall, causing extreme weather events, particularly floods which take lives, destroy homes and agricultural yields as well as result in huge revenue losses. And the growing awareness of arresting climate change is being led in India by Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself who misses no opportunity of appealing citizens to go green. In the smallest of steps to biggest initiatives, the Prime Minister has always advocated that citizens must think environment first. Unfortunately, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation is yet to take note of the gravity of this and one example of this was that so far NMMC did not have its own green electric crematorium until the issue was raised by Corporator Divya Gaikwad in one of the Standing Committees held in July.
“BRING ECO-FRIENDLY CREMATORIUMS IN ERA OF CLIMATE CHANGE” DIVYA GAIKWAD
The administration had tabled the proposal “Repairing and maintenance of crematoriums in Belapur, Nerul, Vashi and Turbhe for a period of 12 months to M/s A P Construction for Rs. 63 lacs 17 Thousand 316.” Speaking on the same Divya Gaikwad said that in times of global warming, NMMC should promote green crematoriums that are eco-friendly and disallow cutting of trees.
One body needs the trunks of two trees, which is nearly 300kg of wood. Once the tree is cut, it takes at least 15 years for it to regenerate — that is if it is replanted
NMMC MUST LEARN FROM BMC ON THIS ISSUE
Divya Gaikwad pointed out that the BMC has electric burner option in all their crematoriums. And with changing times, the next generation wants technology to take over the process of last rituals too. She added that she can get a letter from citizens, if that was required to push NMMC to go green in their crematoriums.
“NO DEMAND GREEN CREMATORIUM” SAYS STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN NAVIN GAVTE
In contrasting views of his own party’s corporator, Standing Committee Chairman Navin Gavte had told the media that there is no demand for green crematoriums as all citizens in Navi Mumbai want last rituals to be performed as per the actual Hindu tradition and culture of burning on wood.
NMMC INAUGURATES ITS FIRST GREEN CREMATORIUM AT KARAVE
The Standing Committee Chairman Navin Gavte had to eat his words within a month of his statement as the issue raised by Divya Gaikwad compelled NMMC to speed up a proposed gas based crematorium in Karave. Mayor J D Sutar, Navin Gavte and NMMC Commissioner A B Misal were present as the same was made open to public. This green crematorium will be run by a NGO Navi Mumbai Charitable Foundation.
MUMBAIKARS ENSURED BMC WENT GREEN IN ITS CREMATORIUMS
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation had launched its mission of making all its Hindu crematoriums pollution-free in 2018. It owns 47 Hindu crematoriums in Mumbai and has made the option of PNG (Pipelined Natural Gas) or electric furnace ones that help reduce running and maintenance costs besides being environment friendly. It was on demand from Mumbaikars, the BMC took this step.
Corporators in NMMC are now team NaMo. If they want to take advantage of joining team PM Modi and encash on the popularity and respect that Prime Minister Narendra Modi enjoys among the masses for their own political gains, then they also must start following the ideas and implement them in Navi Mumbai. From becoming environment friendly in all their ways and reducing pollution in Navi Mumbai should now be top priority for corporators in NMMC.