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A sigh of relief, at last

Staff Reporter

BHUBANESWAR: When Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) personnel on Wednesday demolished two roadside meat vending shops near Jayadev Vihar, it might have made vendors as well as people preparing for a New Year revelry see red. But, a majority of people heaved a sigh of relief seeing the tough posture by civic body that finally made a move to put an end to horrifying slaughtering in full public view.

“An enforcement squad constituted by BMC will stop all roadside slaughtering in the city. The killing of goats and sheep affect minds of children as well as some thin-skinned persons,” said BMC Commissioner Aparajita Sarangi here on Wednesday.

Rehabilitation

She said BMC would come up with 10 new slaughterhouses across the capital city in order to rehabilitate the meat vendors. “We have already convened a meeting of association of meat vendors. They will be asked to suggest 10 locations where slaughterhouses could be set up,” Ms. Sarangi said.

The BMC Commissioner said the locations should be away from main road and residential zones. The corporation would provide necessary drain linkages, water supply and other necessary infrastructure facilities at proposed location for slaughterhouses, Ms. Sarangi said. BMC had started a slaughterhouse near Jharapada area last year but the civic body was yet to operationlise it. “We have already sent a byelaw pertaining to operation of slaughterhouses to State government. We are waiting for State government’s nod. Once it is done, the task of prohibiting roadside slaughtering and running of slaughter houses would become easier,” she said.

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