Hyderabad: Amid a spike in COVID deaths, Telangana state forest department has decided to supply 1,000 tonnes of firewood to crematoriums in the city.

The decision will provide relief to families who are struggling to perform the last rites of their dear ones.

The corporation currently has 1,000 tonnes of firewood reserves.

Forest Development Corporation chairman V. Pratap Reddy said the decision has been taken in the light of reports of firewood shortage and overcharging by the dealers.

The price of the 1000 tonnes of firewood is estimated to be around Rs 20 lakh.

Corporation vice-chairman G. Chandrasekhar Reddy said 3,500 tonnes of forest wood was available in the Rangareddy division, while 4,000 tonnes of wood was available in Khammam, Sattupalli, Aswaraopet, and Bhadrachalam forest divisions.

In Macherial and Khagaznagar, 860 tonnes of forest wood is available. Around 200 tonnes of firewood is available in the Warangal division. Those requiring wood for the last rites of their relatives may contact the local municipal officials, the vice-chairman said.

The department would start transporting firewood to the cremation grounds in GHMC limits initially. It would be followed by the dispatches to other areas.

Local lorry owner associations have also come forward to help the department in shipping the firewood. He said people should contact the concerned Municipal authorities to secure the firewood.

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