Crematorium For Covid-19 Patients in Bhubaneswar To Be Operational by May 25

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has taken up the construction work of a crematorium exclusively for COVID-19 victims in the city’s northern fringes of Patia. The said facility is expected to become operational from May 25, sources reveal.

The construction work for the new crematorium has been expedited after COVID-related deaths started mounting across the city. The new crematorium would also help relieve some pressure off the lone crematorium in Satya Nagar, which has been engaged in the activity since the second wave struck. Sanjay Kumar Singh, Commissioner of the BMC, had visited the construction site to review the progress.

After taking stock of the progress, Singh directed the authorities to ensure timely completion of the site to ensure citizens do not face any difficulty performing the last rites of their close ones. “The new crematorium at Patia is an LPG-operated crematorium which will immensely help in the cremation of bodies much faster than the traditional ones. The crematorium has been designated for the cremation of deceased COVID-19 patients,” the commissioner said.

In a similar development, a crematorium at Bharatpur will also be brought into service soon. The lone electric burner at Satya Nagar lay defunct till August last year, post which it was repaired to meet with the surge in demand.

The government has gone all-out in its efforts to combat the resurgent virus, which has now claimed more lives than it had in its first wave. A strict lockdown has been enforced across the state to curb the transmission of the virus. Additionally, medical facilities are being mobilised to deal with the bulging crisis.

Recently, the Odisha State Medical Corporation (OSMC) had invited online bids from global manufacturers through the e-Tender portal for the supply of 3.8 crore COVID-19 vaccines.

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