Habba Kadal turning into a chicken slaughterhouse

Habba Kadal turning into a chicken slaughterhouse
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Waste dumped into Jhelum

Mohsina Yaseen
Srinagar: While slaughtering of chicken along the roadsides has become a norm in Kashmir, poultry dealers are outpacing each other on the Habba Kadal (bridge) in not only slaughtering chicken but also in dumping waste in the river Jehlum flowing underneath.
The activity has becomes a nuisance for residents and passersby, as it adds to the unhygienic conditions in the area.
“The open slaughtering of chicken on roadside is posing an instant health threat. It is necessary to stop such activities immediately because the leftover material is directly thrown into Jehlum,” said, Mohd Maqbool Gujri, President Samaaj Sudhaar Committe Habba kadal.
Sheikh Shakeel, a local resident said it has become difficult to cross the bridge because of the foul smell.
“We are not against their livelihood but we want them to free the occupied space from the area” Shakeel said.
Aijaz Ahmad, a shopkeeper at Habba Kadal also rued the huge quantity of wastage dumped into Jhelum by roadside chicken vendors.
“Instead of spending huge amount on the embankment of Jehlum, government should deploy squads for keeping vigil on these vendors slaughtering chicken and dumping waste into Jhelum,” Ahmad said.
Assistant Commissioner, Food Safety, Srinagar, Hilal Ahmad Mir, said they have been acting against the vendors.
“We have already produced challan against these vendors. All errant outlets would be sealed and legal action will be initiated against them if they don’t stop the practice,” Mir said.
Municipal Veterinary Officer, SMC, Dr Javaid Rather said poultry outlets are being instructed by Sanitation wing of SMC in proper protocol and sanitation. He assured to take steps against the vendors in the area.
“I will send my team there after sometime and these vendors will be dispersed off from the area,” Dr Javaid said.
Officials said throwing of waste and slaughtering poultry in open spaces was banned under various sections of the Municipal Corporation Act, 2000.

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