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Packed, Rohtak crematoriums face wood crunch

Ravinder Saini

Press Reporter News Service

Rohtak, April 29

Amid a spike in Covid deaths, crematoriums within the metropolis are dealing with an acute scarcity of wooden, following which costs have risen by as much as 25 per cent.

Suppliers promoting it at increased fee in NCR

As a substitute of native sale, contractors are promoting wooden at a lot increased charges in Delhi and Gurugram. —  Surendra Batra, Ram bagh cremation floor

Surendra Batra, vice chairman, Ram Bagh Cremation Floor, stated: “Greater than 15 our bodies are being cremated right here each day. The demand for wooden has gone up three-fold. The contractors are preferring to promote wooden at a lot increased charges in Delhi and Gurugram. We’re struggling to rearrange provides right here.”

He stated whereas they’d been paying Rs 500 per quintal for wooden, the contractors had been now demanding Rs 625-650 per quintal. “Even at this value the provision is proscribed. The households must prepare wooden on their very own if the difficulty isn’t resolved quickly,” he stated.

The district administration has directed the forest officer to halt the public sale of wooden and create buffer inventory in order to keep away from inconvenience to folks at crematoriums.

Manoj Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, stated: “The second Covid wave is extra intense. The variety of deaths is excessive. It’s the obligation of the DFOs to supply wooden in ample amount to the company authorities.” He directed the MC Commissioner to earmark extra cremation grounds along with two at current for Covid victims. 

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