The Sector-21 meat market, the only one in the city, is just a smelly spot here, while the municipal corporation’s proposal in 2003 to set up a modern, air-conditioned and hygienic meat market remains a pipe dream.
Fish, mutton and pork are sold in the market amid hovering stray dogs, fly menace, water leakage, and stench in the air.
Only one sweeper has been appointed to clean the 12 shops here. And in spite of the filthy conditions, as many as 400 people visit the place everyday.
Slaughtering is not permitted at the shops as the MC has a separate temporary facility for it in the Industrial Area.
However, meat sellers continue to flout rules, especially with chicken. Neither do they make use of the temporary facility, nor do they face any action.
After slaughtering, the remains are kept in the shops until it is picked up in the evening, adding to the stench.
Besides, there is no guarantee for the quality of meat sold here. Despite the UT administration notifying of the amended Meat Bylaws (Regulation for Sale of Meat, Fish and Poultry) in 2010, the MC has failed to implement them.
This is the first time that bylaws have not been implemented in spite of notification.
It was supposed to be implemented from April 20, 2010.
MC superintendent (slaughter) Dr MS Kamboj, said, “On Saturday, we raided the market and challaned the shopkeepers for selling meat under unhygienic conditions. It is their duty to keep the market clean, and we will continue with the raids.”
ILLEGAL MARKET CROPS UP IN SHASTRI NAGAR
The MC’s tall claims of removing encroachment in the city have fallen flat as an illegal meat market has come up over the past three years at Shastri Nagar on Old Ropar Road in Mani Majra.
Gurmail Singh, resident of the area, said, “We have informed the authorities several times about it. But, nothing has been done so far. Moreover, they sell meat under unhygienic conditions. It is also supplied to various hotels in Chandigarh”
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