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Cost of dying: No hike yet on crematorium charges

  • Increase in gas prices discussed at Kuliyapitiya Council
  • CMC crematorium charges to remain unchanged

By Uwin Lugoda

The Colombo and Kuliyapitiya Municipality Councils (MCs) denied allegations that crematoriums under their purview had increased fees.

Responding to a query by The Sunday Morning on reports of the MCs charging Rs. 2,000 more for cremations following the recent increase in gas prices, the MCs of both the cities denied allegations of any extra charge being imposed on the public.

Kuliyapitiya Municipal Council (KMC) Secretary H.M.T.K. Herath told The Sunday Morning that while a discussion regarding the increased gas prices was held, none of the city’s crematoriums had increased their charges.

“We have already held meetings to discuss the possible increase of cremation costs, due to the recent increase in gas prices. But our buying price for gas has not changed, so we have not charged anyone an extra Rs. 2,000. Our charge is the same amount it was earlier,” said Herath.

However, he stated that they cannot confirm whether the cremation cost would increase in future, as it depended on their buying price of gas.

The KMC currently charges Rs. 1,500 for cremations.

Herath’s claims were backed up by an official at the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC), who stated that their charges remained the same.

He stated that the Borella General Cemetery was still charging Rs. 1,500 from residents of Colombo and Rs. 5,000 from those living outside the city for its use.

A recent price hike in LP gas cylinders caused a domino effect on many products and services, pushing the cost of living higher, with transport unions and restaurants seeking an increase in their pricing and bakery and canteen owners having increased their prices.