New Delhi: The Municipal Corporation of
Delhi will convert an electric crematorium in Green Park
Extension area in the city into a CNG-based unit soon.
The civic body has invited Expressions of Interest from
private firms for installation or conversion, operation and
maintenance of two electric furnaces in the crematorium in
south Delhi into Compressed Natural Gas-based furnaces.
The agency which will get the contract will also
undertake the related civil works, officials said.
The works related to CNG supply and laying of pipeline
upto nearby sub-station will be taken up by the Indraprastha
Gas Limited (IGL), they said.
"The MCD proposes to shortlist competent firms. The
interested firms should have adequate technical and financial
base and experience of having successfully completed similar
projects," they added.
MCD Municipal Health Officer N K Yadav said the civic
body has already converted one electric crematorium to
CNG-based crematorium while conversion process is on in
another and will be taken up in two more units.
He said the civic body has also invited Expressions of
Interest from NGOs, self-help groups and other such
organisations operating in Delhi for adoption, development and
maintenance of Nigam Bodh Ghat cremation ground, CNG
crematorium in MCD`s Civil Lines Zone and Sant Nagar cremation
ground in Karol Bagh Zone.
The cremation grounds were already being maintained by
NGOs but some of them have left the project, prompting the MCD
to invite fresh EoIs.
"The maintenance of cremation grounds requires a spirit
of service. The NGOs will require to have that ability apart
from the resources to undertake management of day-to-day
activities and maintenance of the cremation ground
effectively," officials said.
The MCD has 63 cremation grounds in areas under its