The slaughterhouse on Nepania Road (Khajrana), which has been in the news after a petition was filed in the high court against its polluting effects, may be shifted to a new location.
The possibility is among the long-term solutions being planned by officials, said sources. Steps like raising the height of the wall surrounding the abattoir and digging a pit for the sludge released from the slaughterhouse may be used as short-term measures, they added. There is also plan to treat the effluent collected in the pit.
Meanwhile, district collector Akash Tripathi visited the Khajrana abattoir where large animals are slaughtered. He was accompanied by the commissioner, Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) and MP Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) regional officer MK Gupta.
The high court, while hearing a petition against the Khajrana slaughterhouse, had directed the officials concerned to survey the area around the abattoir to determine whether the facility was having a polluting effect.
If the slaughterhouse was found to be operating in contravention of central or state government norms, then prohibitory orders should be issued immediately and the officials should submit a detailed report, ordered the high court.
The high court has set December 1, 2014 as the next date of hearing in the matter.
A delegation of the Pada Vikreta Sangh (the buffalo meat retailers’ association) urged the officials to provide Nazul land at Khajrana, where residents would have no objection to the facility, said an official present during the inspection.
When contacted, collector Tripathi said that a list of long and short-term solutions has been prepared. “We will submit the recommendations in court,” he added.
IMC health officer Dr Uttam Yadav said that the detailed project report (DPR) has been ready for several years.
“We started working on the proposal in 2006, but the project couldn’t take off due to lack of a suitable piece of land,” he added.