Bhubaneswar, May 14: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has signed an agreement with city-based NGO Pradeep Seva Trust today to start functioning of another crematorium at Bharatpur Mouza, on the outskirts of the capital city.
The agreement was signed by BMC Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) Srimanta Mishra and Pradeep Seva Trust secretary Madhusmita Prusty at the BMC headquarters here.
As per the terms and conditions, the license agreement shall be valid for a period of one year from the date of agreement and shall be extended to a further period upon satisfactory work performance of the NGO.
The crematorium, which will be under operation round-the-clock and 24×7, is a traditional one and will start functioning within a week, said Mishra.
This graveyard can be used to cremate both COVID and non-COVID bodies, and maximum eight bodies can be cremated at one time by following the State Government guidelines.
The firewood will be arranged by the NGO and the NGO shall use the procured firewood for performing the cremation of the deceased on receipt of Rs 2,500 only from the family member or relative of the deceased.
The NGO will be allowed to procure Puja Samagri and other related material required for last rite rituals for its sale to public at par with market rate. The BMC will take suitable action in case any complaint received regarding high price charged by the NGO taking advantage of the situation.
Besides, the NGO will maintain a register mentioning the list of the dead bodies cremated along with other details as per prescribed format and submit the same to the Assistant Engineer (AE) in charge of crematorium at the beginning of each month for the preceding month.