Special Correspondent

`It is now working 80 per cent below the capacity'

Slaughterhouse is not able to supply required volume of meat, says memorandum Animal markets sought in all taluks n Dakshina Kannada district

MANGALORE: Eight organisations here have demanded that functioning at the slaughterhouse in the city be restored to its maximum capacity.

In a memorandum submitted to the Deputy Commissioner here on Saturday, they said the person who held the contract for the slaughterhouse belonged to a political outfit that campaigned against animal slaughter.

The slaughterhouse was now working 80 per cent below the capacity and was not able to supply the required volume of meat in the city, it said.

The organisations demanded that cattle fairs be organised in all taluks of Dakshina Kannada district as it is being done in Hassan, Bangalore and Bhadravati districts under the aegis of Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee yards.

Arrangements should be made for transport of the animals to the slaughter house, they said. Earlier, Mangalore City Corporation Council was divided on the issue. The BJP and Congress had a tiff over it. Opinion is divided in the Congress too. Some Councillors wanted the slaughterhouse restored to its full capacity. Karnataka State Pollution Control Board has issued a notice to the Corporation to restore its operations immediately.

The organisations that have made the plea include Manavatha Vedike, District Youth Congress, CPI(M)'s Dakshina Kannada unit, Prantha Raitha Sangha, Democratic Youth Federation of India, Muslim Merchants Association, district unit of Janata Dal(Secular), Confederation of SC/ST Associations and Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike.