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Near Gandhi Market and Ariyamangalam

TIRUCHI: The Tiruchi Corporation Council, on Friday, decided to establish two modern slaughter houses in the city, one .

While the slaughter house for goats would be located close to the fish market behind the Gandhi Market complex, the other one for cows and buffaloes would be set up at the Ariyamangalam compost yard off the Thanjavur Highway.

The civic body would invest about Rs.50 lakh each for setting up the slaughter houses, which would include effluent treatment plants. The unofficial abattoir functioning at Marsinghpet would be shifted to the new slaughter houses.

The decision was taken at an urgent meeting of the council chaired by Mayor Sarubala R.Tondaiman. Though the Corporation had planned to create only one slaughter house, it had to contend with stiff opposition from local residents and elected representatives for establishing the facility at two previously identified sites at Kottapattu and Panchapur.

An official resolution, which came up for discussion at Friday’s meeting, proposed that the slaughter house be set up behind the Gandhi Market where an existing structure would be renovated and improved to house the facility.

However, ward councillor P. Krishnamoorthy of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam pointed out that there was no drainage facility at the site and wondered how the effluent would be disposed.

The Arimangalam zone chairman Jerome Arockiaraj said that a decision has been taken to go in for two separate slaughter houses. Effluent Treatment Plants would be set up to treat the effluent discharge in accordance with Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board norms.

Regularisation

Later, the council also approved a resolution to take up development works utilising the regularisation charges collected from owners of unauthorised residential plots in the city. About Rs.7.83 crore has been collected so far under the regularisation drive.

The Mayor assured that the funds would be spent for improving amenities in the suburbs, wherever the regularised plots were located, and priority would be given for areas with poor amenities. Commissioner B. Balachandran said that the fund would be spent as per guidelines laid by the government under the regularisation scheme.

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