Bhopal Crematorium: Uncollected Ash Of Covid Victims Used To Make Park

Bhopal Crematorium: Uncollected Ash Of Covid Victims Used To Make Park

An ash park is under construction at a crematorium in Bhopal using the ashes of Covid-19 victims who died during the second wave of the Pandemic. Many families were unable to collect ashes due to covid restrictions. So, the proper disposal of the ashes arose as a challenge to the management. Therefore, they are developing this park at the Bhadbhada Vishram Ghat with 21 truckloads of ashes of Covid victims. 

Bhopal Crematorium
image credit: The New Indian Express

Reasons for Building The Ash Park At Bhopal Crematorium

Over 6,000 bodies were cremated at Bhadbhada Vishram Ghat by following strict COVID-19 protocols during a 90-day period from March 15 to June 15. Many families were only able to collect bones but left the ashes due to coronavirus-induced restrictions. The crematorium had 21 unresolved truckloads of ashes.

It is not environment-friendly to release the ashes into the Narmada river. Doing so could have polluted the river. They arrived at the most feasible solution to develop a park. The park will be built using ashes of the dead, soil, cow dung, wood, sawdust, and sand. Management has also urged the Covid 19 victim’s families to plant trees. The management committee will look after these plants till they grow into a tree. This Ash park will be a permanent memory of all Covid 19 victims.

Miyawaki Technique

The park is based on “The Miyawaki technique”. The Miyawaki forestation method is a new way to create an urban forest. Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki started this technique. This method is for growing an urban forest within a short span of 20-30 years while a conventional forest takes around 200-300 years to grow naturally.

In this technique, various native species of plants are planted close to each other so that the greens receive sunlight only from the top and grow upwards than sideways. So, the plantation becomes approximately 30 times denser, grows 10 times faster. It even becomes completely maintenance-free after a span of 3 years.

Bhopal Crematorium
image credit: BrightVibes

Committee’s treasurer Ajay Dubey said the plantation on the given land will begin from July 5. The plantation activity will continue till July 7. People of the town can contribute by planting saplings.

Drushti is a clueless Engineering student who spends more time with novels than on her laptop. Currently pursuing her final year of graduation, she loves to write, make conversation and is always ready to learn something new.