Vilnius authorities are deciding whether to green-light the building of a crematorium in central Vilnius.
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Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius says that he will advice the city council to vote against a proposal to build a crematorium on Olandų Street, near the existing funeral home.

The site is part of Pavilniai Regional Park and is adjacent to an old Jewish cemetery. Moreover, local community has expressed opposition to the project.

A phone survey of about 1,000 people by Vilnius authorities indicate that most people, almost 74%, would like to have a crematorium, but not in the city centre.

Vilnius Deputy Mayor Linas Kvedaravičius says the project will not be allowed to move on without the city council's approval. So far, there have been no proposals for alternative sites of a crematorium.

Two companies have indicated their interest to build a crematorium in the Lithuanian capital.

There is now only one incineration facility in Lithuania, located in Kėdainiai, some 100km north-west of Vilnius.

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