HC dismisses plea opposing abattoir

The High Court of Karnataka on Tuesday dismissed a PIL filed by residents of Harohalli seeking directions not to allow the proposed modernised abattoir on 40 acres of industrial area in Harohalli, Kanakapura taluk, Ramanagar district.

A division bench comprising Justices K L Manjunath and P B Bajanthri dismissed the petition stating that it was premature and a delayed effort.

The petitioners contended that if the abattoir became functional, it would cause damage to the environment, pollute water bodies in the surrounding areas and lead to groundwater contamination. The petitioners had contended that nearly 14,500 animals would be slaughtered in a day and two lakh litres of waste water would be generated, which would contaminate smaller rivers and streams in the surrounding places.

The bench stated in its order that the abattoir would be constructed as per the Supreme Court’s guidelines and hence it cannot be considered as a health hazard. As the abattoir is coming up in an industrial area, the contention of environmental hazard is not bona fide and merits cannot be entertained, the bench stated and dismissed the petition.

The government, through a notification, had allotted over 40 acres of Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board land in Harohalli in 2007 and had tendered and awarded the work of constructing a modernised abattoir to a Chennai-based company - Capri Meat House Private Limited, in 2010.

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