Nagpur, Nov 5 (UNI) In what is probably the first initiative of its kind in the country, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will open a cemetery and a crematorium for animals here soon.
The facility was expected to start by the third week of this month, adjacent to the Ambazari Ghat, one of the city's major crematorium, Additional Municipal Commissioner Atul Patne told UNI.
''It is not merely for pets. Citizens can assume guardianship of even stray animals--a monkey that has been electrocuted, or a squirrel that has fallen off a tree dead, for instance - and bring them in,'' he said.
A carcass could either be cremated or be buried at the facility, Mr Patne said. The civic administration hoped that the act of bringing in an animal for a decent funeral would help people understand the animal world better, he added.
Meanwhile, NMC would make it mandatory for the family of a deceased person to give intimation to the staff at a crematorium at least three hours before bringing in the body for the last rites, Mr Patne said.
This was being done to avoid inconvenience to the mourners, who often had to wait for several hours before they could consign a body to flames, he said adding at present, it is not mandatory, but advisable to give prior intimation to the staff and get a time slot allotted for the cremation.