Remains of the day
On Friday, the Giddenahalli open cremation ground officially shut down. It stopped conducting
When covid cases started rising in April, long lines were seen outside crematoriums. As families of the dead waited for two and three days for their loved ones to be cremated, the State government decided to open mass cremation grounds in Chennenahalli, Giddenahalli and Anekal to bury covid bodies. Bangalore Mirror’s reporters and cameraperson had brought you information from the spot, and we were there on the day it stopped conducting cremations.
It was eerie to see the open cremation ground desolate, with the remnants of the platforms submerged in water from the first monsoon rains.
The Giddenahalli cremation ground used to cremate over 60 bodies every day but on Friday, one could see logs of unused wood lying all around, urns with ashes waiting to be collected stacked to a side, and platforms lying vacant. But the memory on a few thousand cremations is singed into the air.
Over 1,000 bodies have been cremated at the Giddenahalli cremation ground from April 30 till date. On May 8, it received the highest number of bodies, 66 to be precise. On June 1, it received none.
The ground seemed to be hurriedly evacuated but Manjunath said, “We are yet to clear the place and a lot of work is pending. Many families have not come to collect the last
We are yet to clear the place and a lot of work is pending. Many families have not come to collect the last remains and have requested for some time
— Manjunath, Urban DC
Giddenahalli, one of the biggest cremation grounds, was located on an open quarry. Due to the space available, families were allowed to be present during the cremation and even carry out some rituals away from the funeral platforms.
The cremation ground had cremated 24 bodies on the first day, April 30. After this, the number of cremations continued to rise steadily. More platforms were set up to accommodate the numbers.
As the number of covid positive cases continue to fall, so do the number of deaths as is evident by the absence of long queues outside crematoriums. From 347 deaths registered in Thursday’s bulletin, the figure stands at 206 on Friday.