The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has proposed to set up a modern abattoir at GC Dey Road in Tangra. Atin Ghosh, member, Mayor-in-Council (health) said that the estimated cost of the project, where goats and sheep will be slaughtered, will be around Rs 14 crores.
The detailed project report is being prepared and there is also a proposal to modernise the cow and buffalo slaughter house in Tangra. The estimated cost of this project is yet to be ascertained. The existing slaughter house in Tangra is old and it creates environment pollution.
After coming to power in 2011, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had asked the civic authorities to set up a modern abattoir. Accordingly, a modern slaughter house came up two years ago, at an estimated cost of Rs 22 crores. A senior civic official said: “As the Tangra slaughter house was overcrowded, many meat sellers sell the products without KMC’s stamp. In such cases there was a risk of taking such meat. The modern abattoir will not only make the slaughtering scientific, old animals suffering from disease will not be allowed.”
This applies to all sorts of animals- goats, sheep, cows and buffaloes. KMC vets will examine the animals and those who are “fit” will go for slaughtering. Ghosh said that the abattoir would be of international standard and it would comply with all the environmental norms. There were very few houses when the slaughter house was set up many decades ago and also it was situated near old Kolkata’s eastern border.
The city had river Hooghly in the West and Dhapa and fishing bheris in the east before the Salt Lake.
But over the years population in Tangra has gone up and so construction of a modern abattoir replacing the old one has become necessary.