Decision to shift slaughter house revoked

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Aug 2017 11:28:44


Staff Reporter,

Protest was held against shifting of slaughter house at Adampur Chawni. On Thursday, different voluntary groups, including Grameen Sangharsh Morcha villagers, headed my MLA Rameshwar Sharma took out rally from MVAM College.
Brijesh Jain, convener of Gramin Sangharsh Morcha told ‘The Hitavada’ that rally was taken out headed by MLA Rameshwar Sharma in which good number of people participated. They also submitted memorandum to Mayor Alok Sharma.

He said that the villagers have got assurance from the authority that now, slaughter house will not be shifted to Adampur Chawni. Rally reached the Bhopal Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) council meeting at around 11 am. After series of protest, now BMC has decided to not to shift slaughter house near any panchayat vicinity in Bhopal.

It has to be mentioned that slaughter house issue has already created ruckus between different groups. The discontent over delay in shifting of slaughter house from Jinsi was evident from the protest staged by community during National Green Tribunal (NGT) hearing.

Earlier, central bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) gave decision to construct a new slaughter house costing Rs 20 crore near old slaughter house after hearing the arguments and favours of the State Government. A sum of Rs 1 crore will be deposited in Pollution Control Board in order to upgrade the old slaughter house to save environment and necessary equipment will be installed as per the directives of NGT.

On this basis, the NGT gave its decision to keep the old house functioning till the construction of new slaughter house and completion of the construction work of new slaughter house by March 31, 2018.

New slaughter house is supposed to be constructed at a cost of Rs 20 crore in 7 acre land. This also resulted in protest by the local residents and they claimed that construction of new slaughter house near old one will not solve the purpose. Local community submitted 38 objections before the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), questioning the State Government’s proposal to set up a slaughter house, an obnoxious industry, so close to residential area.

Villagers have told authorities that the proposed site in Adampur is close to an ancient Maa Kankali temple. Besides, the location is near the origin of Aznal river, which is near to another ancient and sacred temple and the proposed site is near catchment area of river, which will further cause pollution of water bodies due to effluent discharge.