- Abhijit Nath, NET Correspondent, Tripura
Agartala, 25 February 2022: The High Court of Tripura has banned the slaughter of animals in public places and ordered the administration of Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) to make other arrangements until that a permanent place be established where animals slaughtered for human consumption can be transported outside.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by litigant Ankan Tilak Paul in the Tripura High Court, the Divisional Bench headed by Chief Justice Indrajit Mohanty also expressed concerns over the quality of the meat being sold in different markets and charged with regular monitoring by Department of Animal Resources Development and Pollution Control Board of Tripura State.
Agartala Municipal Corporation Commissioner Sailesh Kumar Yadav physically appeared in the High Court on February 22nd, submitted the required documents and as a result, a copy of the five-page verdict was circulated.
“The tender process for setting up a fully equipped slaughterhouse at RK Nagar area in West Tripura district is under construction and it is expected that the works will be completed within 18 months following the tender,” Yadav told the court.
After considering the AMC Commissioner’s submissions, the Court said, “AMC should prepare a long-term plan not only for the establishment of the abattoir/slaughterhouse, but also for ensuring the disposal of garbage in a proper scientific manner (which we are told is a characteristic additional plan of the slaughterhouse for which the tender has been issued) All authorities, including local police authorities, are invited to provide all necessary assistance to the AMC for the execution and/or assistance in the exercise of its functions.”
The AMC authority submission also revealed that a total of 139 meat shops were licensed to sell animal meat. “The Society will consider whether more people apply for licenses and issue an order at the earliest so that people are not deprived of their basic needs.”
Prohibiting the sale of meat in public places, the High Court order reads: ‘An inspection should be carried out at all licensed premises and in particular care should be taken to ensure that hygienic conditions be maintained at the license premises. The sale of meat products should not be allowed in public places and/or on the streets. The AMC should consider providing locations where slaughter can be carried out until the slaughterhouse is made operational and these locations are assessed by the relevant licensee. Appropriate bins must also be provided to all permit holders where they can collect all waste for disposal through the AMC disposal system. »
“AMC is also responsible for requesting the assistance of the Veterinary Department to send some of their officials who will be empowered to certify the quality of meat or meat products that are made available for public sale. This Court is aware that such certification is likely to take some time and therefore these instructions shall be implemented within 6 (six) months from today. The pollution control authority will also take the necessary measures to help the municipal authorities maintain the sanitation and hygiene of all these areas. We also order the CMA as well as health officials to visit all hospitals and/or nursing homes to learn the method of disposing of pollutants generated by the hospitals,” the court order also states. the quality of the meat.
The High Court Divisional Bench also pointed out that the waste from slaughtered animals is disposed of using a scientific method and that, if necessary, separate sewage treatment plants should be provided and ensure that the waste produced by the slaughter do not affect water sources.
“AMC must also consider the need for additional resources and/or a location for the establishment of additional wastewater treatment plants to meet the needs of the growing city as a whole. Obviously the object behind this would be to try to reduce and/or stop the flow of untreated water into the rivers or streams around the city. In this regard, instructions will be carried out by the AMC and we hope and trust that all agencies, including law enforcement agencies, pollution control authorities and those who operate public hospitals and nursing homes private pensions, will provide everyone with the necessary assistance in this regard.
The High Court of Tripura has also conveyed essential instructions to the Department of Finance for the completion of the said projects on a priority basis. The Departments of Forestry and Urban Planning are also called upon to play their respective roles in this regard.