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Ghazipur slaughter house to use CNG

By Sujay Mehdudia

NEW DELHI, APRIL 11 . In yet another significant measure aimed at making the Ghazipur slaughter house in East Delhi a state-of-the-art and eco-friendly venture, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has decided to opt for CNG fuel to run its operations inside and outside the plant saving at least 40 per cent in costs. It has also decided to establish the first ultramodern chain of cold storages in all its 12 zones for storing meat products.

The highlight of the multi-crore project would be the use of CNG fuel for a majority of its operations. Right from the huge boilers to processing of the meat and packaging of the products, it has been decided to use CNG for the operations instead of electricity.

This would not only bring down the cost of production, but would also save 40 per cent in operations and maintenance cost.

"We have already tied up with the Indraprastha Gas Limited for supply of CNG to the Ghazipur abattoir that is expected to become operational from early next year. We will use the CNG from a nearby pipeline and the feasibility study for the same has been completed. Now we are planning how to bring CNG to the site and ensure that costs are reduced. We have to make the plant operational by January next year and full-fledged work will begin shortly,'' says the MCD Commissioner, Rakesh Mehta.

Mr. Mehta has had consultations with all the leading players, including the shop owners and stakeholders. The consultants who are implementing the project have also been given a deadline to complete work and the actual activity is expected to commence by next month. There has been a lot of confusion on the issue of relocation of the shop owners and also how they would purchase meat and other related products from the slaughter house and then transfer them to the destinations in various parts of the Capital.

Mr. Mehta said that after going into all the aspects, it had been decided to set up a chain of cold chilling plants in 12 zones of the MCD for specially dealing with this activity. Under this new plan, the MCD would operate these chilling plants for the benefit of the shop owners.

For instance, the dealers would be only required to purchase their requirement of poultry, goat or buffalo meat from the Ghazipur unit and then he would be issued a receipt for the same.

The product after being processed at the slaughter house would be packed neatly in plastic wrapping and then sent to the chilling house in various zones. The dealer would only be required to present the receipt of his purchase and the required quantity of meat products from the chilling unit in his area would be released to him.

In case, he does not require the products the same day, he could keep them in the chilling plant for a few days as the temperatures here ranging between 10 to 12 degrees Celsius would ensure that the products remains fresh and ready for delivery any time.

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