STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: A Division Bench (DB) of the State High Court comprising First Puisne Judge Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Sindhu Sharma while expressing displeasure over the non-start of the modern and hygienic slaughter houses in Jammu City has directed the Commissioner Secretary Housing and Urban Development Department (H&UDD) to file an affidavit for apprising the court regarding release of the funds for construction of modern hygienic slaughter houses in the State of Jammu and Kashmir by or before May 22, 2019. The court directions were passed in a PIL filed by the NGO Save Animals Value Environment (SAVE) through its Chairperson Devinder Kour Madaan alias Rumpy Madaan seeking closure of unregulated, unregistered, unlicensed slaughter houses and meat shops in the State of J&K. After hearing Advocate Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed with Advocates Rahul Raina, Supriya Chouhan, Intakhab Qazi and Mohammad Zulkarnain Chowdhary appearing for the petitioner whereas Senior Additional Advocate General S.S Nanda appearing for Housing and Urban Development Department, Advocate Sachin Gupta appearing for JMC, Govt. Advocate Ajyaz Lone appearing for Pollution Control Board, the court observed that perusal of order dated March, 5, 2019 shows that this Court was informed that the slaughter houses in Jammu were expected to be completed by March, 31, 2019. “Practically nothing has been done till date. Apparent reason is non-release of the funds by the State. This pertains to slaughter houses in Jammu only. For Srinagar also project is still not complete”, the court observed adding that there is no latest position available on record with regard to the slaughter houses in other Districts in the State. “It was informed that the slaughter houses which were operational unauthorisedly and working in unhygienic conditions have been closed with intervention of the State Pollution Control Board. The slaughter houses at present are operating unauthorizedly,” the court observed.
Advocate Ahmed submitted that the Central Government has already released Rs.1.5 crore in favour of Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) for establishing modern/hygienic slaughter houses at Gujjar Nagar and Dogra Hall Jammu and rest of the cost for modernisation is to be borne by the State Government i.e. Rs. 1,375.90 lakh, which is yet to be released by the State Government.
Advocate S.S. Ahmed further submitted that the whole project of modernization of slaughter houses at Jammu was to be completed by March, 31, 2019 but because of the non-release of the funds by the H&UDD the whole project has come to a grinding halt.
After examining the status report filed by the JMC on August 30, 2018 and submissions of Advocate Ahmed, the court expressed its displeasure over the lackadaisical approach of H&UDD and also expressed anguish over running of unauthorised slaughter houses in J&K.
At this stage, Senior AAG S.S. Nanda sought time to apprise the Court regarding release of funds for construction of modern slaughter houses.
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