Staff Reporter

500 vendors apprehensive of their livelihood

The prohibition will come into force on Jan. 1

BHUBANESWAR: Close on the heels of the High Court directing to stop slaughter of goats, sheep and chicken along roadside, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) constituted squads to take violators to task.

“We have already put roadside meat vendors on notice. They could slaughter goats or chicken away from public view and sell meat in their shops. We are trying to make a slaughter house operational in Jharpada within next few days,” said BMC Mayor Anant Narayan Jena here on Monday.

He said the BMC had already moved General Administration department for another piece of land in Chandrasekharpur for establishing second slaughterhouse.

The latest High Court order seemed to have stirred the civic body into action. Despite huge hue and cry over a decade now, the BMC has not been able to come up with a fully functional slaughterhouse.

Meanwhile, meat vendors got together here on Monday to draw attention of BMC over the adverse impact on their livelihoods.

“We certainly welcome High Court order on prohibition of slaughtering along roadside. However, 500 vendors are apprehensive of their livelihood which is dependant on selling of meat in Bhubaneswar during past 50 years,” said Seikh Nijamuddin, president of meat vendors’ association.

As per the immediate plan, BMC should come up with four modern slaughterhouses in four parts of capital city, he said. “We want meat vendors should be properly rehabilitated with allocation of designated corner near busy commercial centres. By doing this, BMC would comply High Court order as well as rehabilitate poor meat vendors,” said Mr. Nijamuddin. He said a site selection committee under chairmanship of mayor should be set up and the committee should comprise of officers from GA department, Bhubaneswar Development Authority and Police Commissionerate.

“BMC should not make any delay in implementation of rehabilitation plans for meat vendors, otherwise several families would starve,” the association president warned. The prohibition would come into force from January 1 next. “If the corporation pushed us to uncertainty by implementing court order and at the same time not providing alternatives, we would go on strike. As a result several social functions would be in danger,” said S. K. Sarjan, a vendor, thundered.

At present goats and chickens are slaughtered openly, sometimes adjacent to school premises.