Following uproar by local Muslims and Bhopal Municipal Corporation’s urgent plea before the National Green Tribunal the green panel on Tuesday allowed temporary reopening of Bhopal’s only slaughter for Eid till July 31.
In its order, the NGT said counsels appearing for the BMC and the state government have maintained that the “operations” (at the slaughter house) would be carried out in a pollution free manner.
In September, 2015, the NGT directed the state government to complete the shifting of the slaughter house to an alternate site by June 30, 2016. The Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) had also disclosed that Bhopal’s main slaughter house run by BMC was operating without any consent from MPPCB and also without installing any Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP).
After the slaughter house was closed on June 30, the BMC on Monday appealed before the green panel to give permission to temporarily reopen the slaughter house due to surge in demand for meat on account of Eid.
The BMC had also produced a letter from All India Jamiatul Qureshi, demanding the reopening of slaughter house.
The directions were given during the hearing of a case by a two-member central bench comprising Justice Dalip Singh, judicial member, and Dr Satyawan Singh Garbyal, expert member.
Earlier on Tuesday, leader of opposition in general council of Bhopal Municipal Corporation Mohammad Saghir along with over a dozen Muslim representatives met BMC commissioner Chhavi Bhardwaj and submitted a memorandum to her in this regard.