Committee to take final call on modern abattoir

The Council of Mysore City Corporation (MCC) decided to form a Committee with Revenue Minister V Sreenivas Prasad as Chairman to sort out disputes surrounding the construction of the modern abattoir, in the city.

MCC’s plan of constructing the modern abattoir at Kesare, at an estimated cost of Rs 39.9 crore, recently ran into trouble, owing to opposition from locals. The Committee will comprise the MP, local MLAs, MLCs, and other elected representatives, and will meet within a week.

During the meeting, councillors of the ruling BJP-JD(S) coalition opposed the construction of the site, while the opposition Congress, accused the ruling party of “emotionally manipulating” people, against the abattoir.

Speaking at the Council, Haseena Taj, Corporator of ward no 46, where the abattoir was proposed to be constructed, said that going ahead with the project would result in inconveniences to residents of the region in the future. “There are hospitals, schools and places of worship near the land allotted for abattoir,” she said.

JD(S) Corporator, Sandesh Nagaraj said that the abattoir had become a sensitive issue following the protests staged by locals. “Even though there is approval from the government for the construction of abattoir, we should also consider the opinion of the locals,” he said.

BJP Corporator, Nandish Preetham, along with other party members echoed the opinions aired by the corporator. He said that the abattoir, if constructed at Kesare would result in inhabitable conditions for the locals, owing to pollution. Another BJP Corporator, Shivkumar said that the abattoir would “hurt the sentiments of majority Hindu community”.

Congress Corporator Ayub Khan, who spoke in favour of the abattoir, said that people had agreed for the construction of abattoir at the said site, before local dissent was “manufactured” by the ruling parties.

“Even experts from CFTRI and officials of Karnataka State Pollution Control Board have issued no objection certificates for its construction. In order to ensure that there is no pollution, the proposed modern abattoir will have purification plants too,” he said.

MCC Commissioner, P G Ramesh, who was absent during the last council meeting, was pulled up by the corporators. They demanded the Commissioner to issue a clarification about his absence. Ramesh said that he was absent due to health problems.

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