New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the union ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) and the Delhi government to look at providing alternative modes of cremation to avoid burning of wood.

An NGT bench headed by justice UD Salvi said alternatives like electricity, compressed natural gas and petroleum natural gas to perform the final rites should be considered.

The bench urged religious leaders to take the lead in changing the people’s mindset.

“Issue involves both question of faith and of the circumstances in which the people live, i.e., availability of material like wood, etc. It is, therefore, a responsibility of the men who lead, particularly the religious leaders, to steer the faith in a direction so as to change the mindset of the people practicing their faith and make them adopt the practices which are environmentally friendly," the NGT bench said.

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