BENGALURU: Due to the rising number of deaths, one of the kilns in the Wilson Garden Crematorium was closed for eight days to begin maintenance and repair work. Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike headquarters announced Wednesday that the furnace will be closed for maintenance from May 20-27.
The furnace in the crematorium had to be shut down due to overheating. A crematorium employee told the New Indian Express that the inner layers are brick and overheated, while some sections are damaged. “However, there is a misconception among people that the plates melted and burned out, which is not true. Covid not only overwhelms the employees but also the machines and works around the clock. So you need to cool down, repair, and overall maintenance. Something similar happened in Banashakari, ”he said.
Previously, one of the ovens in the Banashankari electric crematorium was closed for maintenance from May 11th and will be fully operational from May 20th. The stoves need at least 4-5 hours of rest per day, but that doesn’t happen, which has led to the current situation, he said, adding that it can gradually happen in all 18 locations and the load on the firewood incinerators will increase.