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Kerala churches opt for environment friendly burials

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Lack of space for new graves drives churches in Kerala to explore options that put less stress on the environment.


kochi. In a step towards making the burials environment friendly Christian cemeteries in Kerala are trying to get away with decorative tomb stones and shining name-boards.

The difficulty in acquiring burial grounds and soaring land prices are also instrumental in this new initiative. The churches in the state are now exploring the option of eco-friendly tombs and reusable graves.

Some churches have banned coffins for burial while some others have prohibited construction of concrete tombs or the use of tombstones at graveyards. As a replacement parishes are asked to lay grass as signs of burial.

Polluting material like plastic flowers, leather footwear and fancy fabrics are also being banned.

Since a few months burials have started in the newly-built vault complex in the St. Sebastin Church in Ernakulam, Kochi. The vaults will help provide more clean and hygenic burials as they would check the seepage from traditional coffins.



---Faraz Khan is a freelance journalist.


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