Construction of Faro crematorium to begin soon

Construction of Faro’s crematorium, a first for the Algarve, is due to begin soon.

Says Correio da Manhã tabloid, a contract for the construction work will be signed “in the next few days” between the local council and Servilusa.

It is expected to help deal with the overcrowding at the town’s two cemeteries, a situation that has now become a pressing problem in the borough.

The crematorium almost became a reality in 2013 but was stalled following a dispute between the local council and the company that was going to manage it.

Local mayor Rogério Bacalhau said in January that the crematorium aims to serve Faro but also the Algarve and Alentejo. It will cost around €500,000 but the council will pay nothing and will, in fact, receive €1,700 per month as rent and 1% of the cost of each cremation. Faro residents will benefit from a discount and pay €258 per cremation (excluding IVA) while everyone else will pay €309.

Meantime, Faro council also announced that it is just “weeks away” from completing the construction of 336 new ‘gavetões’ (compartments to store human remains in cemetery walls), which are expected to help partially solve the overcrowding issues at the town’s cemeteries.

The €357,000 project also includes the 176 ‘gavetões’ which had already been built last year.

“It is an important municipal investment which will mitigate the lack of space at Faro’s two cemeteries,” a council source told Correio da Manhã tabloid.

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