Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka on Tuesday asked district administrations in the state to identify government land to perform the cremation of COVID-19 victims. These temporary facilities will be established near cities including in Bengaluru, the Minister said.
The decision comes after crematoriums in Bengaluru reported long queues and a drastic increase in the number of cremations.
Minister R Ashoka wrote a letter to all the Deputy Commissioners of Karnataka in which he said that the number of COVID-19 cases in several cities is increasing and so also are the number of deaths. â€śIn this situation, it has come to my notice that there is no place available to perform the final rites and cremation,â€ť he said.
â€śImmediately, all Deputy Commissioners must make arrangements to temporarily provide land for cremating bodies of COVID-19 victims, which has to be 1-2 KM outside the limits of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike and other municipalities in the state,â€ť read a letter from R Ashoka to deputy commissioners in the state.
Bengaluru recorded 92 deaths among COVID-19 patients on Tuesday and 97 deaths on Monday, the highest in a single day in the second wave of the pandemic. Parashuram, who manages a crematorium in MS Palya in the city, said that he has overseen 29 and 35 cremations on Monday and Tuesday and most of them were COVID-19 patients..
Karnataka recorded 21794 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday with 13782 cases recorded in Bengaluru alone. This is the first time since the onset of the pandemic that the number of cases in a single day in Karnataka has crossed 20,000.