The Supreme Court has asked the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to ensure that the Ghazipur slaughterhouse becomes operational from September 1.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhan, which has been monitoring the progress of the project, on Wednesday also allowed the Central Pollution Control Board to inspect the newly built slaughterhouse and file a report by September 10.
The Ghazipur abattoir project in East Delhi has been mired in controversy over a dispute between the MCD and M/s Food Processing Equipments Company Ltd (FPECL), the private contractor entrusted with the task of constructing the abattoir.
In the past, several deadlines fixed by the court could not be met as MCD and FPECL continued to fight over the total cost of the project, which was not fixed in advance. The original deadline fixed for the commencement of the project was June 30, 2006.
Now the total cost of the project has been finally fixed at Rs 133.5 crore out of which Rs 123 crore has already been paid by the MCD to the private contractor.
Meanwhile, another bench headed by Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan favoured upgradation of infrastructure in slaughterhouses across the country and said there should be a strict check on private abattoirs operating without licence.