kochi abattoir news update

Kochi Corporation Has Decided To Set Up A Temporary Slaughterhouse At Kaloor

The Kochi Corporation is likely to set up a temporary slaughterhouse in the same area after the State Pollution Control Board (PCB) issued a notice recently to shut down the illegally functioning slaughterhouse at Kaloor. The PCB gave the corporation a month’s time to shut down the slaughterhouse, which has been functioning without permission from Kochi Corporation. The meeting will be attended by board officials, who will discuss the issue of setting up a temporary slaughterhouse.

The move comes after the Kerala State Industrial Enterprises Limited was forced to make an alternative arrangement to slaughter cattle to meet the demand for meat in the Easter-Ramzan season. “Discussions are ongoing to set up a temporary slaughterhouse near the existing one following the PCB norms,” said T K Ashraf, chairman of the Kerala State Industrial Enterprises Limited, who oversees the health committee. “The temporary slaughterhouse will have the facility to store the blood of the cattle, instead of draining it into the Thevara-Perandoor canal,” he added.

“The absence of a legal slaughterhouse will prompt meat vendors to start illegal slaughtering in the city,” contends Corporation Council M G Aristotle. “Substandard meat is likely to be sold in the city if the slaughterhouse is shut down without an alternative,” he added.

Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board has been assigned for funding the renovation work of the slaughterhouse. “The new slaughterhouse will incorporate modern facilities and technologies,” said Ashraf. “Once the technical sanction is received, KIIFB will begin the work.”

Pathanamthitta District Collector has issued a strict warning to shut down the slaughterhouse in Pathanamthitta Town by Monday afternoon. Opposition leader Antony Kureethara has said that closing down the slaughterhouse was due to the carelessness of the Corporation. The Corporation should identify a better place to set up the slaughterhouse rather than construct it in the city.

Kureethara, the health committee chairman, said that the corporation has earmarked Rs 1 crore this year to renovate the Marakkadavu slaughterhouse which is next to the metro station, bus station and early cancer detection centre.