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PPenh to build new electric crematoria

PPenh to build new electric crematoria

THE Phnom Penh Municipality will build

four electronic crematoria, including one with VIP facilities,  to

reduce air pollution that government officials fear could affect the

country's tourism industry, Governor Kep Chuktema told the Post

Wednesday.

The first new facility is being built on four hectares of

land near the Prey Sar pagoda in Dangkor district. It is expected to

begin operations in the next few months.

Three additional facilities will be built in Prek Leap, Russey Keo

and Phnom Penh Thmey at about US$500,000 each, which will be paid for

by the municipality, Kep Chuktema said.

"We hope that [they] will reduce air pollution and have a positive

social benefit by allowing poor people access to cremation services

free of charge," he said.

The municipality will also purchase two vans to transport corpses to the new sites, he said.

Yin

Kim Seam, secretary of state for the Ministry of Environment, said the

crematoria are being relocated outside the city because air pollution

affects residents living in and near pagodas.

"The smoke ... affects the surrounding citizens and the students studying there," he said.

He said the electronic facilities will also reduce reliance on wood.

Houy Sam Sereychan, bureau chief of Communicable Disease Control at

the Municipal Health Department, said about 1,300 corpses are cremated

each year in Phnom Penh.

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