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Uncollected Ashes of Covid Victims Being Used to Build Park at Bhopal Crematorium

Bhopal: A park is currently being built at a Hindu crematorium in Bhopal using the ashes of people who lost their lives due to Coronavirus during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic this year, its management committee has announced.

A family member conducts last rites before cremation of a person who died of COVID-19, at Nigambodh Ghat cremation ground as coronavirus cases surge,in New Delhi, Monday May 10, 2021. (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist)

Bhopal: A park is currently being built at a Hindu crematorium in Bhopal using the ashes of people who lost their lives due to Coronavirus during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic this year, its management committee has announced.

This above-mentioned idea is being implemented at the Bhadbhada Vishram Ghat using nearly 21 truckloads of the ashes of the dead, which were lying at the facility after their relatives failed to collect them due to the Covid-induced protocols and its bona fide disposal caused a challenge before the management.

The park will be built on 12,000 square feet of land at the crematorium in memory of all the them who lost their lives due to the Coronavirus, an office-bearer of the crematorium’s management committee said.

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More than 6,000 bodies were cremated at Bhadbhada Vishram Ghat in adherence to Coronavirus norms during a period of 90 days from March 15 to June 15. Most of the family members came and collected the bones but left the ashes behind due to the coronavirus-induced restrictions, Mamtesh Sharma, its management committee secretary told PTI.

As a result of this, nearly 21 truckloads of ashes of the deceased were left behind in the crematorium. It was tough and not environment-friendly to release these ashes into the Narmada river, which may have polluted the river. So, the decision about making a park using the ashes was taken, he added.

Sharma also said that a land surface has been developed on 12,000 square feet of land in the crematorium by using the ashes of the cow dung, dead, soil, sand, wood sawdust, among other things, to develop the park.

This above-mentioned garden is being made using Japan’s Miyawaki technique, through which around 3,500-4,000 plants can be accommodated.

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Sharma then went on to add that under this technique, plants will take almost 15 to 18 months to grow into a tree. Committee president Arun Choudhary revealed that the decision was taken to keep the memory of the dead permanent by making this park in the crematorium campus.

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“We have urged the family members of those who lost their lives due to COVID-19, to participate in the plantation work. The management committee will take care of these plants till they grow into a tree,” he said.

Committee’s treasurer Ajay Dubey said the plantation on the given land will start from July 5.

(With PTI Inputs)

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