Gurgaon: Licences issued to 25 meat shops, but many selling illegally

At a grievance redressal meeting held with the CM, the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram said it has issued licences to sell meat for the first time

gurgaon Updated: Jul 02, 2017 23:58 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times
Chief Minister,Grievance Committee,Mini Secretariat
While the MCG has said it has issued the licences for the first time, hundreds of meat shops have been operating in Gurgaon for years.(Sanjeev Verma/HT File)

The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) said it has issued licences to 25 shops so far to sell meat in the city. MCG officials gave this information in response to a complaint regarding unauthorised sale of meat in the city, during the district grievance redressal committee meeting chaired by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar at the mini-secretariat on Sunday.

MCG commissioner V Umashankar said, “We have started the process of issuing licences for the first time and have received a large number of applications seeking a licence.”

However, there are still hundreds of shops in Gurgaon selling meat without obtaining licences from the MCG.

“No one can sell meat without a licence. There are certain hygiene conditions that most shops do not meet. We issued the 25 licences only to shops that fulfilled the conditions,” said Ashish Singla, medical officer, MCG. He added that the owners of the 25 shops would procure meat from the Ghazipur abattoir.

In March, several meat shops and a KFC outlet in Sector 14 were forced to down shutters, allegedly by men associated with the Shiv Sena, during the nine-day Hindu festival of Navratri. Besides the festival, the shopkeepers were also allegedly told to keep their establishments closed on Tuesdays.

The chief minister, while presiding over the meeting on Sunday, heard all complaints raised by residents on various issues and gave directions to officials to redress them.

Regarding a complaint of unauthorised parking, he directed commissioner of police Sandeep Khirwar to take action. In response to another complaint about illegal parking in the Sector 18 green belt along the old Delhi Road, Khattar directed officers to bring a map and detailed information regarding the site in the next meeting of the committee, which he said would be held before August 15.

The CM also directed the traffic police to make arrangements to ease congestion on roads where construction is underway for underpasses, flyover and road widening projects.

“Work is in progress at Iffco Chowk, Rajiv Chowk, Signature Tower and Hero Honda Chowk. Once (these projects are) completed, traffic would be smooth in Gurugram,” Khattar said.

Apart from the CM, the police commissioner and the MCG commissioner, Sunday’s meeting was also attended by Sohna MLA Tejpal Tanwar, divisional commissioner Dr D Suresh, additional deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh and other senior officers.

First Published: Jul 02, 2017 23:58 IST