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Now, reliability assured at licensed meat shops in Gurgaon

City meat shop owners will have to put up display boards saying they serve quality meat and ensure cleanliness

gurgaon Updated: Jul 12, 2017 22:11 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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The licence issued by the MCG at a meat shop in Gurgaon.(HT PHOTO)

Meat lovers rejoice. Purchasing quality meat is set to get easier in Gurgaon.

The meat shops that recently obtained licences from the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) will put up display boards over their shops to ensure reliability and quality.

Dr Ashish Singla, medical officer (MO), MCG, said, “Enforcement of the licence criteria is important. The shops will have to display the authorisation copies and put up signboards saying they deal in halal or jhatka meat and use clean chopping slabs. This will be critical to avoid being penalised.”

MCG issued licences to as many as 25 meat shops. The city has over 500 meat shops operating without licences.

“We will issue licences to another 25 meat shops. The process is underway and many other applications are pending. We won’t issue licences till the shops meet the criteria. We urge consumers to purchase meat from licensed shops,” said the MO, adding that the MCG will crack down on illegal meat shops soon.

Gurgaon meat shop owners get their chopping and storing paraphernalia from the Ghazipur abattoir in New Delhi. All licensed meat shops would have to ensure hygienic condition and use sanitised blades and refrigerators for chopping and storing.

The shops that have obtained licences have already put up display boards as mandated by the rules.

Vikas Adalkha, a meat shop owner at Shivpuri, said, “I applied for a licence about a month ago. I made changes to my shop to meet the licence criteria. An MCG team conducted an inspection of my shop as well. My family has been into meat business for generations. We wanted licence to ensure reliability to our customers and the feedback, so far, has been very positive.”

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The only problem for meat sellers in Gurgaon is that the Ghazipur abattoir from where they source their paraphernalia is located far away.

“The abattoir plan in Gurgaon is at an advanced stage. It got delayed due to objection with proposed sites by residents over the last five years, but now, a new site has been identified,” a senior MCG official said.

First Published: Jul 12, 2017 22:11 IST