Approval for land conversion awaited, says GVMC official

In spite of completing most of the spadework required, construction of the modern abattoir proposed at Paradesipalem is yet to take off. The abattoir is to come up on an 11.4 acre land to be provided by GVMC.

The abattoir will be taken up as a pubic private participation project with a cost of Rs.35.38 crore. While GVMC will provide the land, the PPP agency will bring in Rs.15 crore while an equal amount will be provided by the Ministry of Food Processing as subsidy. The abattoir has to cut 2,500 small animals like goats and 500 large animals for GVMC in an eight hour shift. Besides, it will be allowed to export meat of the large animals. The abattoir will be transferred to GVMC after 33 years. The proposal has been cleared by the general body of the corporation much before its term ended in February 2012. The government land was alienated to GVMC by the then District Collector Praveen Prakash in 2005 sending for ratification its conversion for industrial use to the Chief Commissioner of Land Administration. The 11.4 acres of land is tank poramboke land. After that the detailed project report was prepared and the Municipal Corporation called for tenders, finalised them and gave the work order. But with the land conversion still due construction could not be taken up by the agency.

“GVMC has applied for conversion to VUDA and its formal approval is awaited. Once the clearance came the work will begin,” a GVMC official told The Hindu on Monday. The Central Government has released Rs.1.5 crore a few months ago for the abattoir. Design and other related work is taken up with the funds released.

Hygienic slaughter

As of now, the two slaughter houses at Gajuwaka and Hanumanthavaka account for 1,500 animals. Besides, officials estimate that another 1,000 to 1,500 animals are cut unauthorised. “Now the coming up of the abattoir is expected to put an end to unauthorised slaughter as it will have a mechanism of taking the cattle there, duly stamping and cutting them and rejecting unhealthy ones. The abattoir will have an effluent treatment plant. So hygienic slaughter and checks are expected to improve the quality of meat,” said another official.

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