Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation
BHUBANESWAR: Mayor Anant Narayan Jena on Monday said some builders were behind the opposition to a proposed abattoir at Gadkana here, two days after some groups demolished the boundary at the project site.
"Some builders, who have bought plots near the site of the proposed abattoir, are misleading people. They think worth of their land will go down if the slaughterhouse comes up there. They are instigating locals to oppose the construction," Jena told TOI.
The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) floated tender for the project in November 2013 and work was to start from April.
However, it is facing an uphill task as some locals are opposing it. As a result, the civic body, which had planned to lay foundation stone of the project on Saturday on the eve of Local Self-Governance Day, postponed it.
Jena said BMC has requested the general administration (GA) department to allot land for the project and the GA has provided half-an-acre at Gadakana.
"We will try to convince locals that the slaughterhouse will not create unhygienic condition in the area," he added.
Official sources said the proposed abattoir would ensure closure of many roadside slaughterhouses. According to Supreme Court's ruling in January, slaughterhouses should be modernized and none allowed to operate on the roadsides. "We will look into grievances of the locals and try to begin the work soon," said BMC spokesperson Srimanta Mishra.
Official sources said an estimated Rs 4.5 crore would be spent on the project. BMC will get the money from Odisha Urban Infrastructure Development Fund.
The modern abattoir will have a rendering plant (where meat and waste will be segregated), effluent treatment plant, an administrative block, apart from water facility and passage for delivery van.
The Centre for Environment and Development (CED), Thiruvananthapuram, has prepared the detailed project report.
According to CED survey, 2,000 metric tonne of meat is consumed in Bhubaneswar every year. The present volume of meat production is 1,125 metric tonne a year.
Roughly, 5,000 goats are slaughtered in about 800 slaughterhouses in the city, said an official source.