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meat shops: Gurgaon: Govt plan to regulate supply, sale of meat in city falls flat, Retail News, ET Retail

urgaon: The state government’s efforts over the past one year or so to shut down illegal meat shops, set up slaughterhouses and regulate meat supply in the city have come a cropper.

Between April and December this year, MCG shut down hundreds of illegal shops, including permanent structures and temporary vendors.

However, most of them popped up again, within days of being closed down. MCG sources said some of the outlets had been shut twice or thrice in the past few months. Given the situation, some of the officials involved in the crackdown said it was not plausible for the MCG to monitor illegal shops and thereby, regulate meat supply in the city because, like other commodities, meat is also a daily necessity and has huge demand.

The state government had ordered all illegal meat shops hut in 2017, citing hygiene concerns. It had also announced setting up of a modern slaughterhouse in the city while banning illegal slaughtering within the municipal limits.

But even after a year, the authorities have only issued licences to 129 meat traders. The government has also failed to build the proposed slaughterhouse due to lack of land.

MCG’s medical officer Ashish Singhla, the official responsible for monitoring meat sale in the city, said, “We conduct inspections regularly. Many shops have been shut down during the past months. However, many of them have come up again.”

In fact, as Singhla admitted, the corporation does not have any figure of the total number of meat shops running illegally in the city.

If a vendor was asked to shut shop during a crackdown, he would move to another area and start doing the business again.

“Given the paucity of human resources in the corporation and the size of the meat business in the city, it is next to impossible to keep tabs on all illegal shops,” said another MCG official.

Recently, after failing to identify a suitable plot for the proposed slaughterhouse, MCG decided to empanel private slaughterhouses — two in Mewat and another in Sonepat — to ensure supply of hygienic meat to the city. “We have found two-three private slaughterhouses, and will empanel them. They will supply meat to licensed shops in the city as per rates set by the MCG,” said Singhla.

However, some officials questioned the viability of the project as most of the licensed meat shop owners are small-scale businessmen who would not like to pay additional charges for transportation. Also, since meat is a perishable item, transporting raw meat from outside may not be a good idea, they argued.

Singhla, however, rejected the concerns, saying all that would be taken care of.

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