Agony of illegal slaughterhouses continues to deface the ethnic beauty of the royal city as the municipal corporation (MC) has failed to arrange a permanent site for abattoirs outside the city.
These illegal slaughterhouses have been violating the rule of Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, 1976, and continue to thrive right under the nose of the MC authorities.
Foul smell emanating from unscientific disposal of animal skin, bones causes air pollution while disposal of animal blood, internal organs affect the aesthetic beauty of the royal city.
Locals allege that animals such as goat, sheep are slaughtered under unhygienic conditions and the slaughterhouses dump the waste on the roadside, causing health hazard for people.
Despite the problem being highlighted several times, the Patiala Municipal Corporation has failed to act against the offenders.
Over 15 unlicensed slaughterhouses have been operational from the kiosks located alongside the boundary wall of the Bus Stand.
Kishan Kumar a shopkeeper near the bus stand said "Animals are butchered under unhygienic conditions. The waste is thrown into drains which choke the sewage pipes. Foul smell emanates from these illegal slaughterhouses; it is almost impossible to breathe in this area."
Lahori Gate, Bus Stand, Factory Area, Sherawala Gate and Gurbaksh Colony area are worst hit by the menace.
Charanjit Singh, a resident of Factory Colony alleged that the MC authorities, once, had conducted raid at the open fish market. But vendors were back on the roads again soon after that operation. The problem of illegal slaughterhouses has aggravated as both MC and district health department have failed to take any initiative to resolve the issue.
Ramandeep Singh a commuter from the Bus Stand said, "Foul smell emanating from this area is very annoying for the shopkeepers, commuters and passersby. The animals are butchered in a barbaric manner and it is very painful to hear them cry when they are slaughtered."
Gurvinder Batra Arya Samajh resident
MC has taken no step to resolve the issue. They keep assuring of making a permanent slaughterhouse.
Raj Kumar Qila Chowk resident
Blood flowing from the slaughterhouses spreads in the nearby lanes and streets. Flies nest on the butchered animals, spread germs.
Manish Kumar Rajpura Colony resident
MC authorities do not remove the illegal slaughterhouses which enjoy political patronage.
Dr Yadwinder Singh Banga health officer MC
Our proposal of allocating land to build a slaughterhouse outside city is pending with government. Raids are on to remove fish markets.