Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is working towards setting up 10 LPG based crematoriums in the city besides renovating four existing electric crematoriums.

Municipal Administration and Urban Development Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar directed the GHMC to expedite these works and make the crematoriums operational by this month-end.

At a meeting with GHMC Commissioner DS Lokesh Kumar and Zonal Commissioners here on Monday, he directed the officials to take up special measures and follow the guidelines prescribed by the State and Central government in disposal of bodies of persons, who died of coronavirus.

The municipal corporation has already floated tenders for setting up the LPG based crematoriums, besides initiating measures for renovation of electric cremation platforms.

These LPG based crematoriums will be installed in the existing Hindu cremation grounds. They are being used extensively world over and are eco-friendly. Two crematoriums will be operational in 15 days and two more crematoriums will be installed every week thereafter, said Arvind Kumar.

In addition to these measures, instructions were issued to the zonal commissioners to expedite measures for repairing defunct cremation platforms and address issues like construction of temporary sheds, compound walls, etc., at the earliest.

“Duty charts should be maintained at the crematoriums and GHMC personnel should be made to work in shifts,” Arvind Kumar directed the officials.

Round-the-clock monitoring and clearing of waste should be taken up at major hospitals in the city, besides on major thoroughfares. Special sanitation teams should be deployed to take up these works effectively, he said.

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