Mutton market raises a stink in Hassan

Stench: Dumping yard situated just behind the mutton market in Hassan. DH photo

A team of taluk administration officials led by Tahsildhar Mathai were left dumbstruck after seeing the mutton market on Gorur road in Hassan when they went to check the presence of child labourers recently.

The mutton market which is in complete state of disarray, and zero sense of hygiene, and foul smell emanating from the remnants had forced the citizens to cover their nose while walking past by.

Though the market was shifted from old bus stand to the vacant dumping ground on Gorur road two -years ago, complete disregard for cleanliness, poor maintenance of mutton stall by officials concerned worried the residents of the region.

As per the guidelines of Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, the mutton market must be shifted to the outskirts of the city in the interest of the public hygiene but the City Municipal Council of Hassan flouted the guidelines and permitted owners of mutton shops to set up their stalls at a vacant dumping ground where the solid waste generated from various parts is dumped in this place. Besides, the passage of storm water drain also added to the problem further. Moreover, some slum dwellers have constructed their sheds in the vicinity with least concern for their health.

There are instances when some of the residents of the city stopped buying mutton and chicken from this market due to poor maintenance and lack of cleanliness.

The residents demanded the officials of City Municipality to take all possible steps for cleanliness of mutton market as is their duty.

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