As the number of dead people rises in Delhi, the dead aren’t given a dignified or deserved funeral. There are vans carrying bodies stacked up. The cremation grounds have longer wait times for families of suspected covid19 deaths.
At Delhi’s Nigambodh Ghat, the largest crematorium in the city, there has been a steady climb in the number of bodies, most of those who died due to Covid-19.
Reports say that five hearse vans from the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Narayan hospital, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Hospital, Max Hospital (Saket) and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital were seen and they carried a total of 17 bodies — all Covid-19 victims — between noon and 3 pm.
While two LNJP vans brought six and three bodies in each, one from the Ambedkar hospital had ferried six bodies in two trips. One each from Sir Ganga Ram and Max Hospitals ferried single bodies.
On Friday, the Delhi government told the high court that it has allowed crematoria run by the city’s civic bodies to use wood, in addition to electric and CNG furnaces, for the cremation of confirmed and suspected Covid-19 victims.
The Aam Aadmi Party-led government also informed the court that bodies of COVID patients can now be cremated at two more grounds — Panchkuian and Punjabi Bagh — besides Nigambodh.
It had said the working hours of crematoria have been extended too. They are now open from 7 am to 10 pm as opposed to 9 am to 4 pm earlier.
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