Berhampur, August 28 (LocalWire): The wood gasifier-based crematorium set up by the Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) at Nilakantheswar cremation ground here about two months ago has helped the administration cremate the persons who succumbed to COVID-19 when the local residents in several areas raised objections against cremating the bodies in the open.
As many as 96 bodies have been cremated in the new crematorium in around two months of its functioning, while 71 of them died due to COVID-19.
Besides some other bodies, the patients who succumbed to COVID-19 in hospitals like Ashwini, MKCG Medical College, and City Hospital here have been disposed of through the new wood gasifier-based crematorium.
Antyeshti-the new crematorium of the civic body is eco-friendly at the wood gasifier-based crematorium system and it is more economical as it consumes less wood than the traditional system, said BeMC commissioner Chakravarti Singh Rathore.
He said that the modern crematorium was set up with an investment of Rs 42-lakh and its work was started before the outbreak of the COVID-19, but it started functioning after the outbreak of the deadly disease, he said.
Since the system is eco-friendly and eliminates the threat of the spread of the coronavirus, it is extremely useful when local residents of several areas strongly object to cremating of the bodies in the open, said an officer.
“We have disposed of the bodies using the personal protective equipment (PPE), which was supplied by the BeMC,” said Prafulla Chandra Behera, who is engaged in the cremation of the bodies.
He said two persons were engaged in the task and available round the clock.