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Manikarnika Ghat will be expanded in Varanasi amid rising corona deaths


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Varanasi . One of the holiest cremation ghats in Varanasi, Manikarnika Ghat is now being expanded with 18 more pyre frames on three platforms as the number of deaths due to Covid rise.

At present, two green crematoriums, also known as greenatoriums, are also being established under the Kashi Vishwanath Dham (Corridor) project.

The company executing the KV Dham project has started civil works including construction of retaining walls of extended platforms at the cremation ground on a war footing.

The old structure, including the stairs leading to Manikarnika Ghat and its old platforms, have been demolished.

Divisional Commissioner Deepak Agrawal said, “Manikarnika Ghat is being renovated under KV Dham project with 18 new pyre frames. The cost of renovation is included in the total cost budget of KV Dham project at Rs 339 crore, which is the total cost of all the construction works. The project is likely to be completed by November 15.”

Varanasi district magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma said, “Six new pyre frames will be built on each of the three platforms below each to cremate the bodies traditionally along the banks of the Ganges. After completion it will be handed over to the Dom Raja family.” “

He said that this would end the practice of burning bodies in an unorganized manner during the flood season and on the silt deposited near the ghats. Two greenhouses are also being built.

Municipal commissioner Gaurang Rathi said, “The greenatorium includes a facility to set bodies on wood for burning in electric furnaces. This will enable people to perform traditional rituals on the pyre. It reduces the use of wood by 80 per cent. The site for setting up of Greenatorium at Manikarnika Ghat will be finalized soon.”

Some groups, including a group led by Gulshan Kapoor, manager of Baba Shamshan Nath Mandir Seva Samiti, have opposed the electric crematorium at Manikarnika Ghat. He has claimed that the ‘Shastras’ do not allow this.

The second wave of the pandemic has seen an unexpected increase in the number of deaths, leading to long queues for cremations. With the expansion of cremation facilities, people will no longer have to wait in queues to perform last rites.

–IANS

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