Mumbai: Meat exporters upset over abattoir closure

Friday, 13 December 2013 - 9:15am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

Meat exporters are unhappy with the Pune bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) order, declaring the export unit of the Deonar slaughterhouse invalid from January 1, 2013.

The order was passed on November 29. “The order will affect more than 1,000 lives in Mumbai only. It is only sheep meat that is exported from Deonar abattoir and these 60-70 exporters along with their workforce have families to provide for. These exporters are small people and it is hurtful that we were in no way included in this decision,” said Parvez Qureshi from All India Meat and Livestock Exporter’s Association (AIMLEA).

“The facts and arguments put forward by biased parties are incorrect and we are looking into legal options to stop the shutdown,” he added.

The NGT also criticised the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) for submitting contradictory reports on Deonar Abattoir in 2012 and 2013.  

The 2013 report reveals that the abattoir was dilapidated and contaminated water was found entering the storm drain.

They also found animal waste being disposed through the deep burial method instead of biomethanation, which is a requirement under the laws set by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The 2012 report, on the other hand, shows all is well in the abattoir.

Deonar slaughterhouse was started by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation in 1971 and is one of the largest in Asia, slaughtering almost 6,000 animals every day. The conditions and facilities of the abattoir have reportedly been unhygienic and primitive despite directions to upgrade their system.

The order directed a three-member MPCB committee to inspect the abattoir within 15 days of the order, in the presence of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation officials and collect suitable samples to verify their compliance with Central Pollution Control Board guidelines.

They have been asked to direct them to upgrade their facilities and solve their environmental violations as required due to the significance of this particular abattoir in a large metropolitan city like Mumbai.

Contradictory reports
The National Green Tribunalcriticised the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board for submitting contradictory reports on Deonar Abattoir in 2012 and 2013.  The 2013 report reveals that the abattoir was dilapidated and contaminated water was found entering the storm drain. The 2012 report, on the other hand, shows all is well in the abattoir.


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