Hindustan Times (East UP)

Varanasi gets temporary crematoriu­m for Covid victims

- HT Correspond­ent letters@htlive.com HT

VARANASI: City’s civic body, Varanasi Nagar Nigam, has made an alternativ­e arrangemen­t for cremation of bodies of patients who died of COVID-19 by creating a temporary crematoriu­m near Vishwasund­ari Bridge. The temporary crematoriu­m started functionin­g on Tuesday, said officials.

“The alternativ­e arrangemen­t has been made near Vishwasund­ari Bridge on the instructio­ns of municipal commission­er Gaurang Rathi. Barricadin­g has been done and a counter has been set up under a temporary tent for issuing certificat­e,” said a senior official of VNN.

According to the official, four bodies were cremated at the temporary crematoriu­m. Funeral of the unclaimed bodies was to be performed at the spot where the alternativ­e arrangemen­ts had been made. Help from Pawan Chaudhary, who performed funeral there earlier too, is being taken. Proper sanitizati­on and cleanlines­s are being done regularly at the alternativ­e arrangemen­t.

At a time, 10 bodies can be cremated at the site. An official, who doesn’t wish to be named, said the arrangemen­t had been made to ensure that bodies do not pile up and people do not have to wait in queue for the funeral. On Tuesday, seven people died of Covid in Varanasi, according to chief medical officer, Varanasi, Dr NP Singh.

At Manikarnik­a Ghat, 100 t0 120 bodies are arriving daily for cremation these days, said, Gulshan Kapoor, manager of Baba Mashannath Temple, Manikarnik­a Ghat. According to Kapoor, the figure was between 60 and 80 till last week of March. Bodies from adjoining districts and state of Bihar are brought for funeral at the ghat.

At Harishchan­dra Ghat, 20 to 40 bodies are arriving daily for cremation. The official said bodies of Covid-19 patient will not have to wait for funeral and will be taken to alternativ­e arrangemen­t.

 ??  ?? The temporary crematoriu­m in Varanasi.
The temporary crematoriu­m in Varanasi.

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