ANDHRA PRADESH

Residents oppose slaughterhouse

Barre Kondababu showing the proposed site for a slaughter house by the Municipal Corporation at compost yard. — PHoto: S. Rambabu

Barre Kondababu showing the proposed site for a slaughter house by the Municipal Corporation at compost yard. — PHoto: S. Rambabu  

Residents of the Quarry Area are up in arms against setting up of a slaughterhouse in the area. Rajahmundry Municipal Corporation (RMC) started dumping garbage in the area after quarry was abandoned and it officially became a compost yard for RMC.

Barre Kondababu, former standing council member, raised objection over the compost yard when he was a Corporator in the council many a times, but his objections were overruled by the Council. The Council passed a resolution on July 6 for setting up a slaughterhouse in the compost yard with an initial investment of Rs.15 crores. However, the RMC's proposal to set up slaughterhouse invited stiff resistance from the people of the area. They launched an agitation under the leadership of Kondababu and Mariya. “I started wearing black attire to register my protest against setting up of the slaughterhouse. We have been staging dharnas and rasta rokos in front of the Municipal Corporation for the last 20 days. But there was no response from RMC officials,” said Mr. Kondababu.

Meanwhile, the relay hunger strike at Quarry Area entered 13th day on Wednesday. Urban MRO S. Mallibabu visited the hunger strike camp to have a dialogue with the agitators on behalf of the RDO and the Joint Collector. However, the agitators were firm on their demands including shifting of slaughterhouse and sanction of house sites in the compost yard land.

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