As the ‘Hadda Rorri’ (where dead animals are disposed off) near Ladhowal is continuously polluting the surroundings and Sutlej river, residents have now pinned hope on the carcass utilisation plant that will be set up by the municipal corporation (MC).
The city lacks an authorised carcass utilisation plant where bodies of dead animals can be disposed off as per norms. According to the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act 1976, it is the obligation of the MC to make adequate provisions for removal and proper disposal of dead animals.
In December, the MC House approved the proposal to set up the carcass utilisation plant that will cost around `6 crore.
Dead animals from adjoining parts of Ludhiana and Jalandhar districts are usually dumped at this unauthorised ‘Hadda Rorri’ near Ladhowal.
Here, the process of boiling carcasses in large cauldrons produces highly unbearable odor affecting health of the people living in nearby areas.
The stray dogs, feeding on the animal remains lying here, are also a threat for pedestrians and commuters, as they start chasing the passersby, which sometimes leads to a mishap.
As this Hadda Rorri is located outside the MC limits, residents have approached the district administration, which is conducting meetings with the civic body officials for taking required steps now.
Laddowal resident Harmel Singh said, “Foul smell emitted from the Hadda Rori makes it difficult to breathe on national highway 1, which is around one km from this place where dead animals are disposed off. People living in nearby areas face health issues, besides the stink. The government should take required steps at the earliest. The Hadda Rorri is located at the bank of Sutlej River and it pollutes the surroundings, as the remains are thrown into Sutlej after burning them.”
Sources said the persons who are running Hadda Rorri are earning in lakhs per day.
A meeting was also conducted with district administration on Friday to discuss the plan.
The authorities have even identified a place to setup the carcass utilisation near Nurpur Bet.
Now, MC officials are waiting to get no objection certificate (NOC) from the district town planner for the plant, after which they will apply to get NOC from the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB).
MC health wing officials claimed that people were generally forced to take the dead animals at illegal Hadda Rorri, which was leading to soil as well as water pollution.
MC health and sanitation wing chief Amarjit Singh Sekhon said, “We conducted meeting with the district administration officials last week. I hope that we will get the NoCs from various departments concerned.”
He said, “We know Hadda Rorri near Ladhowal is being run illegally, but we can’t take action as it does not fall under MC jurisdiction. People will get relief from foul smell and pollution after setup of MC’s carcass utilisation plant.
It is also pertinent to mention here that with installation of the plant, the carcasses could be utilised by separating the skin, bones and other usable parts of the dead animals. While bones of the animals can be used to make Bone China articles, other body parts can be used to make leather.
PPCB executive engineer Paramjit Singh said the Hadda Rorri on Sutlej river was being run without permission. He said, “The matter is in the knowledge of deputy commissioner. People are suffering a lot due to illegal Hadda Rorri, and the problem will be resolved soon.”