A city historically plagued by stray dogs, Bangalore is set to be the first city in south India to have a crematorium for pets.Â
The city’s local authority, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), began construction in July 2013. It was expected to be complete this month but was slightly delayed, reports India daily, dna.
It starts burning in February.
The $431,000 facility has two incinerators, one for dogs and cats and the other for cattle.Â
BBMP said it will be able to cremate nearly 20 livestock carcasses a day. A fee structure for pets and livestock has not been decided yet.
According to the report, the Karuna Animal Welfare Association welcomed the initiative, saying it has been demanding four crematoria for pets in Bangalore since 2002.
The city has a difficult history with stray dogs. Between 2007 and 2011 five children were killed by them.Â
According to a 2012 study there is a stray dog for every 37 persons in Bangalore.