Coimbatore has nine crematoriums. Almost all are operated and maintained by private institutions and industries. Three of these are biomass gasifier-based, three are LPG-based and another three are electric crematoriums. All the crematoriums have generator back-up for lighting and water pumping. The electric crematoriums should have 125 KVA generator sets to operate the furnace when there is no power.
The Coimbatore Corporation plans to convert the three electric crematoriums to gasifier-based ones soon.
Another area that is affected because of power cut is the collection of electricity consumption charges.
Palanisamy (name changed) visited the electricity bill payment counter at Sanganur, Coimbatore, for the last two days. He is unable to make the payment since the computerised facility at the counter does not function when power is not available. He had to leave the amount at the counter, requesting the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) official to make the entry when power was restored.
SOURCE : THE HINDU