Bengaluru under pyre
The Giddenahalli open cremation ground is a huge quarry land, one among the three open spaces which were allotted for open cremations last week after electric crematoriums were overloaded, resulting in long queues. The volunteers and the family members going to the crematoriums to cremate the bodies would wait for 10 hours for their turn to come. Even after opening three open cremations, the situation still remains the same, according to the volunteers and the family members of the deceased.
Family members of one of the covid bodies which came in after 6 pm at the Giddenahalli open cremations said that they had visited four crematoriums and all of them were full and had long queues. “We went to three crematoriums where there were at least ten ambulances outside and the fourth one too had a long queue. We went inside the crematorium when they referred us to Tavarekere and from there, we ended up coming here,” he said.
One of the workers said, “We are getting 25 more platforms with iron sheet shelters so that the rain wouldn’t affect the cremation. For Friday, we had allotted only 21 cremations but we got three more after 6pm and those platforms which were being prepared on the other side was shifted on the ground and the cremation was carried out as we did not want to send anyone away.”
Due to light showers on Friday evening, the workers were seen struggling to keep the fire going and were throwing extra wooden logs to the pyres so that it doesn’t go off while they were being drenched in rain with the
One of the volunteers who was assisting a family with their last rites said, “On Thursday too, there was a long queue outside the