SILCHAR, Aug 28 - Amid the increasing number of deaths due to COVID-19 and the fear among people regarding the cremation of deceased persons at crematoriums, the first electric crematorium in the Barak Valley was inaugurated in Karimganj and made open for executing the last rites, mainly for COVID-19 corpses on Friday.
The crematorium at Brojendra Road was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Anbamuthan MP alongside North Karimganj MLA Kamalakshya Dey Purakayastha.
�The project was a long pending one and it will take approximately 60 minutes for performing the cremation. Because of the COVID-19 situation, it is a very hygienic way of disposing of dead bodies,� the Deputy Commissioner said.
On the other hand, Purakayastha, while talking to The Assam Tribune, said an amount of Rs 1.80 crore was sanctioned in 2015-16 under the Chief Minister�s special package for the construction of the electronic crematorium.
�We were waiting for technical experts from Gujarat who had checked the operational aspects of the electric crematorium. The people of Karimganj deserve every bit of appreciation for the project,� the legislator maintained.