Egodauyana crematorium is malfunctioning

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Text & Pics by RekaTharangani  

The EgodaUyana Crematorium is once again out of commission leaving residents scrambling financially to conduct funeral services for their loved ones.   


The haphazard construction and renovation of crematoriums in the area has ensured residents suffer through numerous horrific incidents such as the burner exploding during the burning process, leaving half burnt bodies inside.   
Residents complained that they faced dire financial situations due to the unavoidable circumstances, most often leaving them financially unsteady as they have to fork out close to Rs. 45,000 to construct a pyre when holding a funeral at a crematorium would cost only Rs. 1,500 – 2,000.   


“Most of the people here are day labourers, we don’t have the funds to build pyres. The other crematoriums are some distance away and even though it is less expensive than constructing a pyre, we have to travel some distance to it,” a resident said.   

 

The municipality gives the project to companies that do not do a good job. This is not the first time that residents in the area have faced such an issue,” residents complained


Haphazardly maintained and developed crematoriums has been an issue in the Moratuwa Municipality area on previous occasions. The EgodaUyana crematorium was renovated once before when the chimney collapsed, once again while a funeral was being held in the premises.   


“The municipality gives the project to companies that do not do a good job. This is not the first time that residents in the area have faced such an issue,” residents complained.   


The Daily Mirror also contacted Moratuwa Mayor Samanlal Fernando for a comment on the issue.   


“We are in the process of renovating the crematoriums in the municipality area. We have not outsourced the job to a company, instead we have put together an experienced team of officers at the municipality who are renovating the crematoriums one by one.”   


The Mayor went on to say that renovations at the Koralawella and Rawtawatta crematoriums were complete and were scheduled to be re-open soon. “We will fix the EgodaUyana crematorium soon. We believe that by having our own officials do the renovations we not only save the tax payers money but also ensure that we construct crematoriums that are of better standard,” he said.   

 

  • They have to fork out close to Rs. 45,000 to construct a pyre when holding a funeral at a crematorium would cost only Rs. 1,500 – 2,000  

 

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