PIL Seeking Modern Slaughter Houses in J&K

DB directs JMC to complete 2 Modern Slaughter Houses before Mar 31


JAMMU, FEB 5: In a significant order a Division Bench of the State High Court comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Tashi Rabstan in a much publicized PIL seeking closure of unregulated/unregistered /unlicensed slaughter houses/meat shops in the State of J&K has directed Jammu Municipal Corporation to ensure the completion of two modern slaughter houses before 31st March, 2019 with both Halal Line as well as Jatka Line at Gujjar Nagar, Jammu and Dogra Hall, Jammu respectively.
After hearing Advocate Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed with Advocates Supriya Chouhan and M. Zulkarnain Chowdhary appearing for the PIL whereas H.A. Siddiqui Senior AAG for Pollution Control Board, Advocate Sachin Gupta for JMC, the Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Gita Mittal observed that the Court is informed by Advocate Sachin Gupta appearing for JMC that further to the status report dated August, 30th, 2018, the work for construction of two modern slaughter houses in Jammu stand allotted to J&K Police Housing Corporation, a State owned executing agency with the direction to complete the work before 31st March, 2019. At this stage Dr. Zaffar Iqbal Municipal Veterinary Officer, JMC in the open court filed a status report dated 31st January, 2019 indicating the same position.
In the PIL filed by the NGO SAVE through its Chairperson Devinder Kour Madaan alias Rumpy Madaan, Advocate S.S. Ahmed informed the Division Bench that J&K Pollution Control Board had earlier informed the Court vide its status report filed on October, 9, 2018 that out of 13 slaughter houses in Jammu Province, 10 are running without the requisite license and are illegal. Advocate Ahmed further submitted that no fresh status report regarding the closure of the 10 illegal slaughter houses has been filed by J&K Pollution Control Board.
At this stage Senior AAG H.A. Siddiqui appearing for PCB informed the Division Bench that PCB has issued closure notices to 10 illegally running slaughter houses in Jammu Province. It was further submitted by Senior AAG H.A. Siddiqui that action for closing these slaughter houses has to be undertaken by the local municipal committees.
Upon this the Division Bench observed that Director Urban Local Bodies, Jammu is a party respondent in the PIL and let copies of these closure notices be served by Member Secretary, J&K State Pollution Control Board upon the Director Urban Local Bodies, Jammu within one week from today. The DB further directed that Director Urban Local Bodies Jammu shall take requisite steps to apprise the Urban Local Bodies who shall ensure strict compliance with the requirements of law in respect of closure of illegally running slaughter houses.
The Division Bench while expressing its displeasure observed that Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation and Director Urban Local Bodies Kashmir have not cared to file any response in the present proceedings. "We give one last opportunity to these respondents to file their status report as well as Action Plan within four weeks from today, failing which both the officers shall remain personally present in Court". The Division Bench further expressed surprise and observed that even the J&K State Pollution Control Board has given no report to the Court regarding status of slaughter houses in Kashmir. JNF

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