The long pending demand to upgrade Deonar abattoir has been finally approved by civic chief Ajoy Mehta. Forty years after the slaughterhouse was constructed, Rs1,066 crore has been allotted for its upgradation.
To avoid any disruption in the meat supply to the city’s markets, temporary arrangements for business will be made inside the abattoir vicinity, said civic officials.
Yogesh Shetye, general manager of the abattoir, said, “The work will be carried out in phases and the supply of meat will not be disrupted. Tenders will be issued by October first week.”
In a first, a rendering plant for disposal of slaughterhouse waste as per rules and regulations of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board will be constructed in the abattoir.
Fresh water pumping station, effluent treatment plant, an administrative building, meat laboratories for testing the animals’ health and municipal dispensary for employees have also been proposed.
BMC also aims to construct a separate shed to accommodate animals during Bakrid.
This year, the civic body received appreciation from the Muslim community over arrangements during Bakrid.
Rais Shaikh, group leader of Samajwadi Party at BMC, said, “This is the first time the arrangements during Bakrid were excellent.”