H-11 graveyard fast running out of space

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Rs50,000 fine imposed on grocery store in Super Market, army supports ICT admin in enforcing SOPs


Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad’s graveyard in Sector H-11 is fast running out of space due to growing population of Islamabad and due to deaths caused by coronavirus.

While talking to Pakistan Observer an official of the CDA Directorate of Graveyard confirmed that the graveyard was receiving 20 to 25 dead bodies daily and two to three of them were of those who succumb to Covid-19.

According to the grave digger Sawab Ali, a complete plot of the Phase III of the graveyard has been completely filled with the victims of Covid-19 while another plot is filled more than half of them.

One plot consists of 350 graves and in the newly developed phase III of H-11 Graveyard there were 84 such plots.

It may be mentioned here that Phase-I and Phase-II have already been filled and now graves are being allotted in the Phase III where 86 plots have been developed and each plot has the space for 332 graves.

This means so far, more than 498 people have been buried in the graveyard since the outbreak of Covid-19 in the federal capital.

For the last three months since the third wave of Covid-19 has gripped the country, the number of deaths per day has increased, said a caretaker of the graveyard.

Meanwhile, the district administration has got the support of the army personnel, rangers and paramilitary forces in order to enforce the coronavirus Standard operating procedures (SOPs) in the fed capital.

The district administration with support of army men and enforcement teams.

A number of restaurants were sealed while a popular medical and grocery store in F-6 Super Store was fined Rs50,000 for violations of Covid-19 SOPs. Assistant Commissioner City Rana Musa Tahir imposed the fine.

Islamabad on Sunday reported 368 new cases of Covid-19 and three deaths during the last twenty-four hours taking the total number of confirmed cases to 72,981 and casualties to 660.

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