The Kerala State Human Rights Commission has directed the Kerala State Pollution Control Board to take steps to close down an abattoir in the city.

The abattoir, managed by the Kollam Corporation, will be shut down if steps are not taken by October 31 to solve shortcomings causing pollution and health problems.

The order was passed by SHRC member R. Natarajan last week on the basis of a petition submitted by social activist M.K. Salim.

He alleged that the abattoir had become a source of epidemics and had been polluting Ashtamudi Lake and Kollam Canal.

A biogas plant to use bio-waste generated at the abattoir had not been functioning. The District Medical Officer too informed the SHRC that the biogas plant was not functioning and the abattoir was a health hazard.

The Pollution Control Board informed the SHRC that the biogas plant was not operational because of technical problems. The plant lacked the system to produce biogas.

Mr. Natarajan said the shortcomings of the abattoir pointed out by the Pollution Control Board in April had not been solved even in September.

He said the abattoir was polluting the lake and the environment.

The abattoir will be shut down if steps to curb pollution are not taken by October 31.

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