Nearly 10 million people die a year in
Vinod Kumar Agarwal and his Mokshda environmental group, an environmental group in
The pyre is a raised human-sized brazier under a roof with slats that could be lowered to maintain heat. The elevation allows air to circulate and feed the fire. The chimney traps much of the particle matter produced by the fire and releases clean emissions.
Mokshda has installed 41 pyres, while some cities like Mumbai have independently adapted the design. The group expects to put up about 20 more pyres this year.