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MUMBAI: There is a sigh of relief to the non vegetarians. In the “mission begin again”, the Maharashtra government has permitted to reopen Deonar slaughterhouse after almost three months of shutdown.
The prices of mutton had soared sky high and the people are forced to eat chicken, the All India Jamiatul Qureshi, a body of butcher community had last month written to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray requesting him for resumption of slaughtering activities at Deonar Abattoir under “Mission Begin Again”.
On state government’s approval the BMC commissioner on Friday issued order permitting the Deonar slaughterhouse start functioning from July 3 onwards but on certain conditions and restrictions. While the BMC has given clearance for slaughter of buffaloes, there is no clarity on whether they will also slaughter goats. The local butchers have started selling mutton from June month itself.
According to the circular, the butchers and people going to buy buffalo beef should keep social distancing and permissions have been only 100 buffaloes will be slaughter per day as compared to 200 before the lockdown. Only 15 vehicles carrying cattle will be permitted to enter the slaughterhouse with 7 to 8 animals inside each.
The livestock should be kept in Deonar for 24 hours and each should undergo fitness certificate before slaughter. Sources said that the slaughterhouse will remain shut on Thursday and if any single case of covid 19 is found the services will be discontinued.
“Deonar slaughterhouse is fully ready to be operational from July 3 with all precautions like fever check meters at the entry points, workers will be wearing masks, there will be santizers all over and there will be strict discipline of social distancing in the market,” said an official.
Sources said that Deonar abattoir officials are taking meetings with Bombay Suburban Beef dealers associations, Bombay Retail dealers associations and other buffalo beef and mutton traders on functioning of the slaughterhouse.
“We have requested all traders to strictly adhere social distancing and not to violate any rules that may harbour the covid disease or else the slaughterhouse will have to be shut down”, said Imran Qureshi. He said that local butchers selling goats have already started functioning last month. Thousands of workers associated with the abattoir industry are sitting at home jobless.
The prices of red meat particularly goat ship meat had touched to nearly 9,00 per kg. Sources said that many of these jobless butchers to meet the ends were selling eggs and other grocery goods on the streets.



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