Smoke-free furnaces to help potters of Dharavi slum breathe easy

The Times of India , Thursday, January 11, 2018
Correspondent :
MUMBAI: Thanks to new smoke-free furnaces, residents of Mumbai's Dharavislums will no longer have to deal with the menace of air pollution caused by the smoke-emitting furnaces, which are currently in use for making clay plots during festive seasons.

An initiative launched by Mumbai's BJP secretary Divya Dhole's Sankalp Siddhi Trust will help the potters in Dharavi's Kumbharwada area to acquire smoke-free furnaces to make clay pots during festivals such as Diwali, Dussehra and Ganesh Chaturthi.

The project, once complete, will help replace more than hundred traditional furnaces with the new non-polluting variety.

The cost of each furnace is Rs 2.5 lakh.

Considering the financial limitation of the potters, RCS Infotech Pvt Ltd has come forward to help the Trust raise the fund with the help of Corporate Social Responsibility fund.

The project was initiated in 2014 after Dhole went to Gujarat to examine the smoke-free furnaces.

Since then, four smoke-free furnaces are helping the potters of the area manufacture pots in a smoke-free environment.


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