The members of Indore’s beef meat retailers association moved the high court on Monday against the Indore Municipal Corporation’s (IMC) move to close down abattoirs in the city.
The association filed an intervention petition alleging that the IMC has sealed abattoirs in city without serving any notices to them or making any alternative arrangements for their livelihood.
Mohamed Rafiq Qureshi, the president of Malwa beef retailer association, said, “The IMC has locked down abattoirs in city without any intimation. How will we conduct our business, our livelihood is snatched away.”
There are about 500 families in the city dependent on the retailing beef business, Qureshi added. Until 1996, the business was carried out illegally. Later, the district administration and the civic body allocated us a piece of land in Nipania and constructed a slaughter facility. Later, in 2004, a private school came up in the premises and habitations started coming up in the locality, he added.
Based on the MP Pollution Control Board’s (MPPCB) recommendation and high court’s constant monitoring, the municipal body directed shutting down of the abattoirs on March 26.