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Meat mess still rules

Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporationís delay in setting up abattoirs has forced butchers to sell meat on the roadside in unhygienic conditions. The open sale of meat creates an unhealthy atmosphere, particularly dangerous for children. The authorities turn a blind eye in spite of law being in place against this. The Telegraph takes a look at the scenario

Spots of bother

Butchers can be seen carrying out business in unhygienic conditions at Brahmeswarpatna, Ratnakarbag, Saheed Nagar, Baramunda, Fire Station- Bharatpur Road and Rental Colony

Cause for concern

Butchers couldnít care less about dust gathering on the meat being sold by the roadside. Goats and chicken being slaughtered by the roadside is not a pleasing sight

Brutal processing of mutton and chicken leaves a scar on children, but meat sellers and civic authorities are least bothered. In Baramunda, students of Central School have to bear the offending sight as they make their way through meat shops set up near the CRPF gate

Hygiene is never an issue for butchers and it is best illustrated at their business hub on the Fire Station- Bharatpur Road. Three to four meat shops ply their business even as garbage lie dumped nearby. The story is no different for Rental Colony meat sellers

WHAT THE LAW SAYS

Section 57 under Chapter VIII of Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Police Commissionerate (Traffic and Public Order) Regulations, 2008, says that no person shall slaughter animals, sell flesh, clean carcasses in the commissionerate area except at places set apart for the purpose by the commissioner. The commissioner may specify the manner of slaughtering of animals for the purpose of sale of flesh

POLICESPEAK

Deputy commissioner of police and inspectors in-charge of police stations have been instructed to take suitable measures.

Besides, assistant commissioner of police sub-division-V has been asked to take steps

RP Sharma
police commissioner

A meat shop at Sum Hospital Square

BMC STANCE

There was plan to set up a big abattoir at Rudrapur and a few smaller ones at different places on city outskirts such as Gadhakana, Ghatikia, Pandara, Vani Vihar and Dumduma. In the first stage, the corporation had planned to start one at Gadhakana and accordingly a detailed project report had been prepared before calling tenders. But it could not be materialise till date

BMC-SPEAK

No one participated in the tender process. As the mindset of these roadside butchers and meat vendors have not changed, they did not even participate in the process. We tried for agencies outside the state, but they were not interested in such a small-scale project at Gadhakana. We have modified several aspects of the proposal and made a new detailed project report. We have sent it to the government yesterday for approval and hope it will work out soon. Besides we will try to educate these vendors and change their mindset. They must know that they are selling meat in unhygienic conditions and the way they sell it affects children and sensitive people

RN Mallik
executive engineer, division-I, BMC

Text by Sandip Bal, pictures by Ashwinee Pati