Pune: PCMC Installs Incinerators for Large Animals, Addresses Community Needs

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Pimpri Chinchwad, 18th May 2024: The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s pet cemetery in Nehrunagar now boasts new facilities, including incinerators for larger animals, aiming to enhance convenience for residents. However, recent statistics have revealed a concerning trend, with over two and a half thousand dogs reported deceased within one year.

The cemetery in Pimpri-Nehrunagar provides essential services for both stray and domestic pets, offering treatment through its animal nursing centre. While an incinerator for dogs has long been operational, larger animals were previously transported to Pune for cremation due to the lack of appropriate facilities. Now, with the installation of incinerators for large animals within the city, residents will no longer face inconvenience. The duration of cremation in these machines varies based on the animal’s weight, with larger animals expected to be cremated within approximately three hours, as stated by the veterinary department.

The past year saw a significant number of dog cremations, totaling two thousand 580 from May 2023 to April 2024, including both domestic and stray dogs. To address machine failures, a new dog incinerator was installed in May 2023.

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Considering the substantial population of domestic animals in the city, approximately 35 to 40 large animals require cremation each month. Responding to citizen demands, the municipal corporation has installed an updated, eco-friendly incinerator capable of accommodating animals such as cows, buffaloes, bulls, and horses. This new machine operates on CNG gas, aligning with environmental conservation efforts.

The newly installed large animal incinerator is currently undergoing testing and is expected to commence operations in the coming days, according to Dr. Arun Dagde, Veterinary Officer of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation.