By Our Reporter
SHILLONG: Deputy Chief Minister In-charge Animal Husbandry & Veterinary, Bindo M Lanong, on Thursday informed that the department has already initiated the process for construction of the slaughter house (abattoir) at the proposed sites in Mawlai Mawiong.
While initiating the whole process, Lanong said that the department would hold dialogues with the people who are opposing this project.
“We would like to clarify on all the misperceptions in the minds of the people over the proposed project,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.
When asked about reservation among the people that the slaughter house would destroy the cleanliness of the whole area especially when it is located very close to Marten, he said that the slaughter house would be totally covered.He said that all the necessary infrastructures which are required in the slaughter house would be installed.
With the whole area to be fenced, he said he does not see any reason behind the fear among the people that the place would become dirty if the slaughter house comes up.
“We shall be constructing the tailing ponds for draining all the waste which would emerge out of the slaughter house. We would also be treating the water collected in the tailing pond. This treated water would again be fit for human consumption,” he said, adding, “I do not think the people would be affected since the slaughter house would be far from residential areas.”
Meanwhile, Lanong said the proposed abattoir would allow people of the State to get access to hygienic and clean meat.
“At present, pigs and cows are being slaughtered in areas which are in very dirty and filthy conditions. Questions have been raised from to time on whether it was safe to consume meat slaughtered in such dirty places,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.
Meanwhile, Lanong also informed that a total amount of Rs 23 crore has been sanctioned for the proposed abattoir.