Illegal slaughterhouses polluting drinking water in UP: NHRC

National Human Rights Commission has ordered the closure of illegal slaughterhouses and furnaces used in extraction of animal bone fat in Meerut city of Uttar Pradesh because the blood and animal waste flushed into open drains has started polluting drinking water supply system.

An official of the commission said: “The commission has issued a notice to the chief secretary, the municipal commissioner of Meerut and chairman of the State Pollution Control Board to appear in front of the commission on Aug 25 for non-compliance of its recommendations on closure of illegal abattoir and about 200 furnaces used for extraction of animal bone fat in the city.”
During an inquiry last month, the commission found that the local administration’s claim that some of the furnaces have been demolished was not true. The slaughterhouse on municipal corporation land also continued to function illegally, polluting the environment within a radius of 2.5 km.

“Slaughtered animals’ blood and waste are flushed through open drains, resulting in pollution of drinking water. The commission had issued a notice on Aug 10 with regard to removal of these furnaces, stressing that the right to health is not only a vital human right but also a fundamental right,” the official said.

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  • An illegal slaughter house is functioning at Kuriachira, Thrissur 680006 Kerala owned and managed by the Municipal Corporation. The consent given by the Pollution Control Board expired on 31.12.1998. The slaughter house continued functioning without the consent for the last 12 years. The studies conducted by the Board revealed that the effluent treatment is not proper. The slaughter house is situated in the heart of the highly densely populated township inhabited by more than 30,000 people confined to bearely 3 sq.kms. There are 5 schools and 6 worshiping places located in this area. Action Council for Clean Kuriachira has sent petitions to Corporation and Pollution Board. Please advise on the further course of action.

  • Prabhdial Singh Randhawa says:

    Similar situation is at Amritsar.We request national commission to take this issue as a sample & issue orders to all municipal corporations & municipalties to implement PCA (slaughter house) rules -2001 within a stipulated time.
    Thanking the initiators of the issue& the Honourable Commission.
    Prabhdial Singh randhawa

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