New Delhi — The largest crematorium in Delhi, Niganboard Catgut, saw a surge in cremation last week. On April 24, there is a dead person waiting in an ambulance outside. Dead carried by family; some are placed in the crematorium and many are on fire during the ritual. A dignified silent coffin lay throughout the scene.
To the left of the main gate, a municipal company in North Delhi has notified that seven hospitals are listed where COVID casualties are allowed to be cremated. The notice further states that “cremation within the Niganboard Catgut is permitted daily from 9 am to 8 pm”. On the right side was a note to keep the distance, and next to it was a stretcher corpse.
At least four layers of cremation took place on Saturday at Niganboard Ghat (ghat means bank), located on the banks of the Yamuna River.
There were corpses burning on the bank, their rows were burning in the constructed space above, some of them were burning a few steps to the right under the hut, and their Many are outside highways through multiple gates.
“40 came here on Monday. It was 65 on Tuesday, but 120 today. [as of 3.30 pm]”Warn Chauhan, an outside shopkeeper who sells the materials needed for cremation, said.
On April 24, Delhi recorded 357 COVID deaths. This is the best day since the pandemic occurred over a year ago.it was Only 4 on average March day.
On April 23, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a virtual meeting with the Prime Ministers of the various states most affected by COVID-19 to ensure coordination to address the crisis.The country on the same day World record with the highest spikes In the first day of the pandemic, 3,32,730 new cases were recorded.The· Overall current death toll Standing at 192,311.
“The situation in Delhi is really bad. Management failed. There is panic among people. Rumors about vaccines and oxygen cylinders are out of control,” social worker Sunil Kumar Aledia told The Epoch Times. .. Since the blockade was imposed on April 16, Aredia has supported the provision of food and oxygen cylinders. He also helps identify and contact families of unclaimed bodies and helps those in need of cremation assistance.
The Epoch Times tracked Aredia and understood the situation at the scene through COVID rescue operations from morning to dusk on April 24th.
“Delhi Prime Minister Albind Keziwar earlier told the public that two days was enough for the state’s oxygen reserves. He shouldn’t have said this. It spread a lot of panic. He still had two days to adjust, “said Aredia, who accused Keziwar of blaming the federal government. “CM [Chief Minister] It is his own responsibility. “
Aredia, who is also the secretary-general of the Holistic Development Center, has four oxygen cylinders and two oxygen concentrators, alternating between those who contact the organization. On Wednesday, he received about 150 distress signals from oxygen cylinders.
“There are many panics in oxygen cylinders. Not everyone needs them from every phone call we receive. Sometimes people call us friends of friends of friends. In fact, many panics. There is, “he said. He said the government should work to reassure and calm people.
“People are looking for beds and oxygen cylinders. These are materials. Realities, including people’s reactions to the situation, are related to their mental state,” said Aredia.
Thursday Indian Air Force C-17 and IL-76 were airlifted A cryogenic O2 container from the station to a charging facility in the eastern part of the country, and Modi urged state leaders to come together to work towards a seamless supply of oxygen and medicine. Mr Modi said the federal government is working to increase oxygen production.
The lack of oxygen cylinders A big crisis in the country. There was a report last week Of the cylinder Not only sold in the black market, but also good Samaritan stories Providing free supplies At the expense of Their personal interests.
On the same path as Niganboard Catgut, there are many good Samaritans doing in the crowd of more than 4,000 homeless daily workers who lost their jobs during this month’s blockade.
“Meals come here at 11am, 2pm, 7pm and 9pm. There are two excellent Samaritans serving meals at 6am and 11pm,” said Aredia. .. He hosts five working shelters for the homeless, each coordinating more than eight charities and multiple individuals at a site that can accommodate up to 30 people. However, there are 5,000 people sleeping under the sky in that place, many of them on the sidewalks on both sides.
There is no kitchen in any shelter and food is cooked and packed. During last year’s blockade, Aledia’s group provided food to more than 20,000 people daily around Delhi.
On his way to Niganboard Catgut, Aredia stopped by a central government-run hospital, Rokunayak Jai Prakash Hospital, to help cremate a 66-year-old retired female teacher, Titranigam. COVID.
“The whole family is COVID positive and can’t be cremated, so they asked us for help,” while he was calling the family for government-approved identification. , Said Aredia. “We receive one or two calls each day for such assistance for COVID cremation.”
“Yesterday we helped a government agency cremate an 80-year-old father. [high-ranking] Officers employed by the government. They sought our help because of the lack of space in the crematorium. “
Outside the hospital, Aredia met his teacher, Indu Prakash Singh, 61. Prominent social worker, A poet and writer who faced various challenges in finding an oxygen ambulance and bed for his wife on April 24th.
“The ambulance people weren’t ready, so I had to pay Rs 15,500 ($ 207) one way to bring my sick wife to a private hospital,” Shin said on the phone Sunday at the Epoch Times. He complained that the normal charge was Rs 5000-6000 ($ 67-80).
“My wife was in another hospital. Yesterday morning, the hospital announced that it had no oxygen supply and asked all more than 200 COVID patients to be discharged. Our relatives were my wife’s. I started looking for a bed for, and eventually one of her cousins found it in a private hospital, “Shin said. He argues that there is a lack of politically motivated support from the federal government to the state government on this issue.
“My wife is the CEO of an educational association (charity) that supports 2000 village girls,” Shin said. “She is fine now.”
After meeting Shin, Aredia, who disagreed with political perceptions of his mentor’s situation, drove two miles to the morgue of Maurana Azad Medical College, where Nigam’s body was located.
Outside the morgue, under beautiful spring trees, several people walk in PPP suits while five ambulances are parked outside. Discarded and used PPP suits lie on several corners on either side of the road. Aredia laments it and shakes her head incredibly.
“They ask me for approval from Nigam’s family and her ID and son’s ID. Then they will let me cremate the body,” Aredia said. I explained the conversation with the authorities. He was able to cremate Nigam on April 25th.
From Niganboard Catgut, Aredia drove seven miles to Sarai Kale Khan, a suburb with multiple construction projects. He was on his way to another crematorium, which used both a wood-burning crematorium and an electric crematorium.
On the way from the main road to the crematorium, his bike passed through a crowd of workers sitting outside a private bus waiting to move to his home in an adjacent state in a blockade.
Some of them were flocking around food carts selling water and local delicacies. Most wore masks. Some are carefree, and few are socially distant.
Inside the large gate of the Sarai Kale Khan crematorium, construction workers rushed to build 16 new crematorium platforms on the green grass, and fire from the freshly lit crematorium rose from the inland walls.
Outside of a few COVID bodies, while waiting for their turn in a parked ambulance, some walked in blue and white PPP suits. “Biohazard waste” was scattered on both sides of the entrance, and wood for firewood was stored under the hut.
Aredia went straight to the electric crematorium behind the site. On the ground near the crematorium stairs, four corpses were waiting under a large tree. “Don’t panic, please be patient,” Aredia told The Epoch Times.
Aredia approaches the crematorium caretaker. “These are not COVID agencies. They are unidentified bodies left here by police,” said the caretaker who refused to verify his identity. There were two rooms inside, one of which wasn’t working on Saturday.
Aredia said she would work with the authorities to confirm that it would work within a few days.
Food will be distributed at Nigan Catgut, New Delhi on April 23, 2021. (Venus Upadiya / The Epoch Times):