To stop illegal slaughter of animals for meat, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) may construct a modern abbatoir at Idgah in Paharganj. It used to serve as the biggest slaughterhouse till 2009 when it was sealed.
The slaughterhouse later was shifted to Ghazipur. It slaughters about 7,000 animals every day whereas Delhi requires about 15,000-20,000 animals daily. The difference in demand and supply has been leading to a lot of illegal slaughtering of animals in the city.
"To meet the demand of meat, MCD was to come up with four additional slaughterhouses in the city. However, due to local protests, the agency could not come up with one. Since a community of butchers already lives near Idgah and wants the slaughterhouse to be shifted back to the older address, the MCD came up with such a proposal," said Mehmud Jiah, a councillor of City zone.
The Standing Committee of the MCD has ordered a feasibility report on the matter and the issue of how to use the abandoned land will be discussed in its meeting to be held next week.
Since the old Idgah slaughterhouse is a huge campus, the civic body proposes to turn half of the land into a modern slaughterhouse equipped with proper disposal system while the other half will be turned into a park for people living in the densely populated area.
According to MCD officials, when the Idgah slaughterhouse was functional, it had the capacity of slaughtering 10,000 animals per day. It had to be removed due to lack of modern facilities and animal cruelty practices such as slaughter of animals in full view of other animals etc.
Also, the Idgah Slaughter House is surrounded by thickly populated residential areas, causing problems of traffic jams, poor sanitation and unhygienic conditions.
The Ghazipur house, however, has been constructed in an open area and can be very conveniently reached from NH-24.