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Guwahati: The Kamrup district (Metro) administration has identified two isolated locations at Panikhaiti area, in the outskirts of the city, to prepare a cremation ground for COVID-19 positive victims.

The cremation ground is likely to be prepared within two days starting from Friday morning, if the weather condition improves.

Talking exclusively with EastMojo, Chinmoy Nath, additional deputy commissioner, Kamrup (M) said that proper barricade will be made and all standing norms will be maintained while preparing the cremation ground for COVID-19 positive victims.

“We have identified two isolated locations in Panikhaiti area in the outskirts of Guwahati. We are yet to inspect the locations and if the weather gets better tomorrow then the cremation ground will be ready in two days. The ground will also be barricaded as a precautionary measure,” said Chinmoy Nath, additional deputy commissioner, Kamrup (M).

Need for a separate cremation ground for COVID-19 positive victims in Kamrup (M) came to the light following the death of a coronavirus patient, Gopindra Chandra Malakar (71), on Monday.

According to reports, after Malakar’s body was taken to Bhootnath cremation ground by the Kamrup (Metro) district administration officials. But, due to the stiff opposition from authorities concerned at Bhootnath cremation ground, it was decided to cremate the body at Ulubari Cremation Ground.

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However, the management committee of the Ulubari Cremation Ground also expressed serious concern and condemned the district administration move to allow the body to cremate there. Terming the cremation of the COVID-19 positive body in the middle of the city as unjustified, the management of the committee also reportedly alleged that no intimation was given to them before cremating the body.

Meanwhile, sources in Kamrup (M) district administration have informed here that a team of senior officers of the administration will be visiting the identified sites at Panikhaiti area of the city on Friday morning and open the cremation ground for COVID-19 positive victims very soon.

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