Residents of Bhopal on Monday submitted 38 objections before the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) city Pradeep Sharma, questioning the state government’s proposal to set up a slaughter house, an obnoxious industry, so close to residential areas.
They alleged that building the new slaughter house just a few hundred metres from the existing slaughter house was not called “shifting”.
They said if the state cabinet on Tuesday approved the allotment of the seven acre land at former stud farm, they will march towards the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on September 7 to raise their objections.
On August 31, the state government, in an affidavit, informed the NGT about the new site. The affidavit also stated that the proposal for allotment of this land will be placed before the state cabinet at its meeting and the formal allotment will be done on or before September 10.
Ajit Srivastavaa, a retired additional deputy inspector general of police, who lives in the Green Meadows colony near the new proposed site, said, “We objected how the state government could propose setting up a slaughter house near the residential areas when it is an obnoxious industry. Proposing the new slaughter house so near the existing one doesn’t serve any purpose and can hardly be called a shifting of the slaughter house.”
He claimed that nearly 50,000 households lived within one kilometre around the proposed site.
Srivastavaa said the land was for residential purposes under the Bhopal Master Plan. “They should set up it outside the city limits or in the Govindpura area where land has been provided for obnoxious industries.”
Renu Bhargava, president of Green Meadows Welfare Association, said they were already suffering due to cleaning and tanning of animal hides near the existing slaughter house, which creates nauseating smell in the whole area. “In the new slaughter house, they have plans to slaughter nearly 800 animals every day. Imagine the kind of stench it would emanate,” she said.
The residents also staged a candle light protest demonstration on Sunday evening.
The SDM said, “Based on the objections, I will submit my opinion along with the opinion of the Bhopal Municipal Corporation and the revenue inspector concerned to the collector, who will then submit it before the higher ups.”
On August 31, NGT allowed Bhopal’s only slaughter house to continue its operations till March 31, 2018.
The slaughter house was closed on June 30 on NGT’s directions and later given temporary extension for continuing its operation.
Muslims in Old Bhopal started agitating on the proposed closure without setting up of a new one at an alternative site.
A case filled by Vinod Kumar Kori sought closure of the slaughter house on the grounds that it was releasing large quantity of untreated solid and effluent waste into the nearby nullah.