About the Practice
Problem Statement:

Cremation of dead body


Inside the crematorium the corpse is laid over the grill and covered with firewood. Next the iron sheets are placed over the crematorium to cover the whole structure except at the mouth, which is kept open. After this the wood is ignited and utilizing the contraption that has been added to the chimney, the heat and intensity of the flames are controlled. In about an hour and fifteen minutes burning is completed. Next, the grill and the iron plates are extracted and doused with water to cool them down. From these cooled plates the bone remains are then separated from the wood ashes and presented to the family of the deceased.

About the Innovator

Knowledge Provider / Innovator: Kambel Chulai
Address: Loompyrdi Jonigpiah, Jowai,
City: Jaintia Hills
State: Meghalaya
PIN Code 793150

Practice Details

Link: The Open Wooden Pyre Crematorium (WPC) needs substantial logs of wood and usually an entire pine tree had to be chopped down for the funeral pyre. This would usually cost the family of the deceased around Rs.3000. Whereas Closed Wooden Crematoriums (CWC) like the one made by Kambel Chulai can operate with much less wood and the cost is limited to Rs.250. Earlier, the funeral pyre had to be tended for a full day while the new method restricts the time to one hour fifteen minutes. The Open Wooden Pyre Crematorium would spew out dense noxious fumes, throughout the day, which enveloped the whole area. Chulai’s innovation - by restricting the amount of wood used and the time duration - eliminates this problem by reducing the smoke and fumes by 90%. Also since it is open to the atmosphere, the temperature around the body is not as high in the WPC as in the closed one. Cremation in the CWC is unaffected by rains whereas in the WPC operation can be affected by wood being soaked.
Manufacturing Capacity: Yes
Problem Scale: Mild in Remote area
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GIAN Reference: GIAN/UAL/1561

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