New slaughterhouse becomes bone of contention between butchers and CDA

ISLAMABAD: Since the Capital Development Authority's Working Development Committee (CDA-WDC) has approved the plan for the construction of a new slaughterhouse in the capital on Thursday, it has become a bone of contention between the butchers and the authority concerned. A CDA official Amir Ali Ahmed informed that the CDA has already obtained a mandatory environmental impact assessment report of the project from the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (PEPA) which has given a seal of approval to the plan, as in its absence, people slaughter animals at private slaughterhouses or in open areas, adversely impacting the environment. According to reports, the slaughterhouse would be established on 20 acres of land and the building would be constructed on 10 acres, while a grazing area would be established on the remaining 10 acres. The slaughterhouse would have the capacity to accommodate 2,000 to 2,500 animals a day and the project would be completed on priority as the authority would recover the amount in three to four years by renting out the facility. On the contrary, the traders have strongly opposed the construction of a new slaughterhouse in the middle of the city and urged the CDA to cancel this project to save the city from stench and environmental pollution. The Islamabad Capital Territory Chamber of Small Traders (ICT CST) President Khalid Mehmood Mian stressed upon the CDA to take back the slaughterhouse, constructed in partnership in Humak, from the provincial government instead of spending millions of rupees on the construction of a new one in Sector H9. He said that the PEPA has termed the construction of the slaughterhouse in the city, harmful for the citizens as it could cause many diseases. All Pakistan Jamiatul Quresh President Khurshid Qureshi said that it would force the CDA to continue with the already approved project rather than going for a new one at a new site. He said that the butchers' community has already filed a petition with the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against unreasonable delay in the execution of the project as well as shifting of the site.

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