The Delhi Meat Merchants Association have agreed to withdraw all cases against the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) after the civic body assured to double the size of the Ghazipur slaughter house.
A delegation of the meat merchants met Mayor Dr Kanwar Sain on Tuesday and assured him of withdrawing the cases with regards to shifting of the Idgah slaughterhouse at Paharganj to Ghazipur in East Delhi and allied matters on November 18, the next date of hearing.
The meat traders had struck work more than two weeks ago after the civic body shut the Idgah slaughterhouse.
The traders had then filed a case against the civic body in the Delhi High Court.
The Mayor told HT, “Few of their demands are genuine and we will redress the issues. To start with, we have decided to reclaim 8 acre more land for the slaughterhouse.”
At present the slaughterhouse is spread over 7.5 acre and the MCD now plans to reclaim another 8 acre from the landfill site for expansion of the slaughterhouse.
“The traders demanded additional space, which they need as waiting or seating area. This additional area will cater to this demand. I would also be visiting the place in 2-3 days,” Sain said.
The association also assured that the butcher community would cooperate with the
MCD with respect to running the Ghazipur slaughterhouse and that it was now turn of the civic body to reciprocate the gesture.
The association’s demands include increasing the capacity of the facility to discourage illegal slaughtering and also a proper place to keep unsold animals.
Delhi Meat Traders' Association president Mohd Asif, who was part of the delegation that met the Mayor, said, “The Mayor has also promised us that all those butchers rendered unemployed due to closure of the Idgah abattoir would be given 60X20 feet covered space for carrying out manual butchering.”
Asif added that due to unhygienic surroundings of new livestock market at Ghazipur, several traders are falling prey to mosquito-borne diseases.
The traders' cause of concern is an open drain adjoining the livestock market, not to mention, the Ghazipur landfill site metres away.