Kolkata Municipal Corp to set up Bengal's first state-run mortuary

  • Sandip Chowdhury, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Aug 10, 2015 11:09 IST

Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has tried to give the dead a five-star treatment on their journey to the heavenly abode. The civic services for the dead starts with the first-ever staterun mortuary – ‘Peace World’ set up at the Hindu Burial Ground campus in Topsia.

“As many as 24 bodies may be kept in this mortuary built and designed much like Peace Heaven – a private run mortuary in Kolkata until burial or cremation,” Atin Ghosh, member, mayor-in-council (health), told HT.

Adding further on the importance of such a mortuary, which was a long demand in Kolkata, Ghosh added that with growing numbers of youth travelling abroad and in many cases staying back at foreign lands need time to return to do the last rituals of their parents back in Kolkata and this facility would allow them some time to return to Kolkata.

Again, KMC bosses took up an ambitious project of Rs 20 crore for upgrading crematorium at the Nimtala Burning Ghat. A separate building having its basement equipped with eight additional electric furnaces and two pollution free wooden pyres had been built at Nimtala crematorium.

Earlier Nimtala burning ghat had only four electric furnaces of which two were put on standby – one for emergency and another for VIPs.

These add-on electric furnaces, which now are 12 in number would ensure lesser waiting time for the dead bodies and their relatives, says the MMiC.

Apart from adding on electric furnaces, an air-conditioned waiting room for mourners and toilet facilities on the upper floor of the crematorium building had been added.

Even two pollution-free wooden pyres, which are in greater demand mainly for the VVIP cremation at Keoratala burning ghat too have been installed.

Additionally one each electric furnace have been installed at Garia and Cossipore crematoria. Pollution control device has also been installed above each wooden pyre at Cossipore crematorium.

KMC authorities ensure that the family members of the dead get the death certificate at the spot of cremation. “We provide two copies of death certificates with plastic covers completely free of cost at the burning ghats. Family members do not have to come to any of the KMC offices for such certificates,” Ghosh said.

Trinamool Congress board has made it even easier for families of the deceased to check on the death records in KMC’s official web portal – www.kmcgov.in.

“We have made it easier for families of the deceased who stay in other Indian metros or abroad to check the death certificate records through our web portal,” Ghosh added.

Samrat’s father Samaresh Chatterjee died in a private city hospital two years back and Samrat who is in a job at Bengaluru could not reach in time to put his father on the pyres applauded KMC bosses for their initiative to set up a mortuary.

“I might not be lucky enough to avail the facility but many of my friends will definitely get a chance to see their parents for the last time. It’s a commendable job and long awaited one too,” Samrat, an IT technocrat, told HT.

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