What was once a slaughterhouse today serves the purpose of a garbage dump of Batala municipal council. Truckloads of garbage can be seen dumped on the premises, creating hell-like conditions for the residents living in the localities nearby.
Santok Singh, a resident of Navi Abadi, said that the stink emanating from the garbage had been making their lives hell. “Every afternoon tones of garbage is dumped here. We have brought this to the notice of the administration many a times, but to no avail,” he said.
No check on quality of meat
Ever since the slaughterhouse was closed, there is no check on the quality of meat residents were being offered. Earlier, butchers would bring animals to the slaughterhouse for medical examination and only then they were slaughtered.
Now, butchers have all the liberty to slaughter animals at their shops without the go ahead of the veterinary officer.
Senior veterinary doctor Sarabjeet Singh said the administration hardly paid any heed to their repeated requests to provide adequate space, where they could examine the animals before being slaughtered.
He admitted that consuming meat of animals not cleared by a veterinary officer was dangerous.
MC executive officer MS Bendesa refused to comment on the issue.