Siliguri Municipal Corporation in West Bengal had constructed an electric crematorium within the city at Ramghat near Jalpaiguri More . The crematorium named as ‘Kiranchandra crematorium’ is located within the densely populated colonies of the town. The resident around the crematorium have serious objection with it.
They are facing serious health problems due to the smoke and ashes emanating into the air. In early 2014 the Siliguri Municipal Corporation proposed a new crematorium within the premises of the already existing installation. The foundation for the new furnace was supposed to be inaugurated by the North Bengal Development Minister Mr. Gautam Deb .
In March 2014, during the inauguration ceremony over 100 local residents protested against the setting up of another furnace.
The protesters said that they have already been suffering from pollution caused by the older crematorium and that a new furnace would increase already high pollution levels in the area.
The protesters attempted to block the minister from entering to inaugurate the facility [2, 3]. During the protest in September 2014, some protesters alleged that the Minister had mishandled and beaten some of them. Although the allegation was denied by the minister, a complaint has been lodged in the local police station on the alleged misbehavior of the Minister . As of October 2014, it is still unclear what will happen and whether the new furnace will go into operation.(See less)