?Slaughterhouses must be modernised by year-end?
IN THE meeting convened at MP Pollution Control Board (MPPCB), Indore office on January 31, regional officer P C Agarwal has given instructions to the officers of slaughterhouses of Indore, Mhow, Khandwa and Burhanpur that by the end of the year waste water treatment plant should be installed in the slaughterhouses and they should be modernised.india Updated: Feb 03, 2006 16:01 IST
IN THE meeting convened at MP Pollution Control Board (MPPCB), Indore office on January 31, regional officer P C Agarwal has given instructions to the officers of slaughterhouses of Indore, Mhow, Khandwa and Burhanpur that by the end of the year waste water treatment plant should be installed in the slaughterhouses and they should be modernised.
It is pertinent to mention here that no slaughterhouse has waste water treatment plant at present and slaughterhouses are based on old pattern in which most of the works are done manually which cause damage to environment.
Sources in MPPCB informed that proposal of the waste water treatment plant should be finalised by March end and the plant should be installed by year end otherwise slaughterhouses not complying with the orders may face the music. Slaughterhouse at Burhanpur has been closed for not complying with the orders of MPPCB.
According to information received from sources, Mhow slaughterhouse which is run by Cantonment Board is preparing a plan for waste water treatment plant which is likely to be submitted in the month of February and the treatment plant is likely to be installed there by August end, which will make Mhow slaughterhouse the first one to have waste water treatment plant.
Sources added that the problem in installation of waste water treatment plant lies in shortage of funds. There is a likelihood that Central government may give 50 percent financial assistance and State government may give 25 percent financial assistance.
Thus, the concerned Municipal Corporations will have to make arrangement of only 25 percent of the funds if Central and State governments provide financial assistance. Things are proceeding at a fast pace at Mhow slaughterhouse since it is run by Cantonment Board, not by the Municipal Corporation.
Sources revealed that once the slaughterhouses are modernised then most of the works, which are done manually now would be done mechanically, which would mitigate environmental damage. Slaughtering of animals is also done manually at present consequently the man slaughtering the animal runs the risk of getting infection.
In the future, slaughtering of animals is to be done mechanically which will save the man involved in slaughtering from getting infection. Sources reasoned that if most of the operations of slaughterhouses were mechanised then the risk of infection would be minimised.
In all these slaughterhouses, 10 or more than 10 animals are slaughtered per day consequently lot of body fluid is released which can cause infections, hence it should be dealt with care.
First Published: Feb 03, 2006 16:01 IST