The rites brothers

BBMP to set up another 23 open crematoriums; is looking for volunteers to help say a decent goodbye to the departed souls


As families deal with the grief of their loved ones being snatched by covid, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) wants to ease some of their pain by making the last farewell a smoother process. The Palike will form a task force this month to handle the dead and give them a respectful farewell.

This comes after a thorough discussion with experts and with the Palike expecting a rise in the toll in the coming days.

This task force will be headed by N Manjunath Prasad, secretary to the Revenue department, who will assist the Chief Commissioner of BBMP. “There are 13 crematoriums already and at least 15-20 bodies of covid patients are cremated every day. We also opened up Tavarekere and Giddenahalli quarry for open cremation, which is helping us ease the load. But this is not enough in the coming days,” Prasad said.


There are 13 crematoriums already and at least 15-20 bodies of covid patients are cremated every day. We also opened up Tavarekere and Giddenahalli quarry for open cremation, which is helping us ease the load. But this is not going to be enough in the coming days

– N Manjunath Prasad, Revenue Dept secy, who will head the task force

He said 23 additional places, mostly quarry spaces, have been identified on the outskirts of the city. “We had to form a task force to coordinate this at various levels, because land sanctioning has to be done by the revenue department. We want to ensure that the work is seamless,” he added. Another officer said they are calling upon volunteers from across the city to be a part of this task force. The Palike is looking for suggestions and for those who can constructively work to improve the condition, he said.

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Prasad explained the prevailing situation. “If someone dies, the cremation has to be done immediately. But currently, it is difficult to know if there is space in the crematorium. Families are having to look at different places. We want to set up all information at one place and streamline the last rites process for the families who have lost their dear ones. We have to show them respect,” Prasad said.

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Over the last week, mass cremation facilities were created by the district administration at two locations.

(1) A 4-acre land at Kurubarahalli, Channenahalli Panchayat. Tavarekere- Kengeri Main Road. From March 25, a total of 156 bodies were cremated at this facility. Prasad said, “Every piece of infrastructure has been created here- two borewells/ water, fencing all around, container rooms, pyre alters, shelter, cremation workers and PPE kits in a record four days.”

(2) Another cremation site at Survey number 80, Giddenahalli, Kadubgere Gram Panchayat. Here, a 5-acre land and facility were created to cremate 25 bodies at one go. “A second fire altar at this very same site another facility to cremate another 25 will be ready day after.”


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