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CCTV cameras to be installed at cremation grounds in Patna to check price gouging

India Today logo India Today 02-05-2021 Rohit Kumar Singh
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Following complaints regarding people demanding exorbitant amounts to cremate a Covid-19 body, Patna Municipal Corporation has now decided to install CCTV cameras at all the three major cremation sites in the city to keep a check on price gouging.

PMC Commissioner Himanshu Sharma has directed the installation of CCTV cameras at Bans ghat, Gulbi ghat and Khajekala ghat to keep a close watch on the cremation of Covid-19 bodies.

As India continues to see a surge in the Covid-19 cases, all the three crematorium points are working round the clock to conduct the last rites of the people dying from the virus.

Long, serpentine queues of people awaiting the cremation of their dear ones have become a common sight at various crematoriums. The direction was given at a time when grieving families of the deceased are facing harrowing times while performing the last rites of their dear ones.

Recently, a family had alleged that it was asked to pay Rs 16,000 for a quick funeral of their family member.

Based on such complaints, PMC deputy commissioners Devendra Prasad Tiwari and Sheela Irani conducted a surprise inspection at all three cremation grounds and later submitted a report to the PMC commissioners.

After that, the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) announced cremation of Covid-19 victims for free and fixed rates for the last rites of those who did not die of the contagion at three crematoriums here, under its jurisdiction, to help their families escape extortion given the huge rush at the burning ghats.

Soon, CCTV cameras will be installed at all the three cremation sites to keep an eye on unscrupulous elements to check any kind of malpractices.

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