The Bharatiya Janata Party’s intra-party bickering came to the fore over the issue of slaughterhouse in Bhopal.
Minister of state for cooperative Vishwas Sarang on Sudnay said the slaughterhouse should not be constructed in the midst of the city.
Sarang said he would take up the issue with the state government and write a letter to the authorities concerned in this regard.
The minister expressed his opinion while talking to the representatives of people from several localities including Padmnabh Nagar, Abhiruchi Parisar and Green Meadows.
Meanwhile, BJP MLA from Huzur Rameshwar Sharma is opposed to shifting the slaughter house to any place in his assembly constituency.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordered closure of the slaughterhouse situated at Zinsi area in Bhopal and its shifting to a
new place given environmental concerns. However, the site chosen for the new slaughterhouse at Bagh Mughalia elicited a sharp reaction from Sharma.
The state government submitted an affidavit in the NGT and said the new slaughterhouse would be constructed near the existing one. The NGT has given time till March, 2017 to construct the slaughterhouse.
However, the residents of Green Meadows and other neighbouring localities have launched a campaign against the proposed site.
Sharma said there was no need for constructing a slaughterhouse where more than 1,200 animals would be killed. Instead, the existing slaughter house can be upgraded to meet the requirements of the pollution control board.
“We are not a meat exporter society. The production of meat should be in accordance with our demand. There is no objection from anybody for the existing site,” he added.