Warangal (Urban), May 15: At a time when the kin of those who succumbed to the Covid-19 virus are unable to perform the final rights, the Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC) is stepping up to do its bit for them.
After receiving complaints of several families unable to give a fitting farewell to their loved ones who succumbed to the deadly virus, the GWMC has set up a team of eight officials and provided them two vehicles to collect the dead bodies and cremate them at the electric crematorium behind the GWMC headquarters.
Around 126 bodies during the initial outbreak and 39 bodies in the second outbreak have been consigned to the flames at the crematorium. The crematorium staff follow all the safety measures like wearing PPE gear while cremating the bodies.
“Though we feared handling the Covid dead bodies in the beginning, we are now used to it. We respond to calls irrespective of the time of the day. We complete the cremation whether the family members choose to stay or not,” said GWMC sanitary inspector Shyam Raj.
GWMC Mayor requested the people of the city to avail of the facility. “Anyone unable to complete the final rites of their loved ones can reach us on any of the numbers 18004251980, 9701999645, 9100952763, 9701999688 and inform our staff. The service is free of cost and our staff will collect the dead bodies from hospitals in special vehicles and carry them to the crematorium,” she said.
The GWMC is setting up two more electric-crematoriums soon.