The Kochi Corporation has dismissed reports regarding the closure of Kaloor Slaughter House. “The reports that the slaughter house at Kaloor will be closed down to prevent the sale of rotten meats is all rumour and baseless,” said Corporation Health Standing Committee chairman T K Ashraf.
“The Corporation has two slaughter houses in the city. One is dysfunctional and the other runs perfectly well at Kaloor. We have not received any complaints of rotten meat being sold at Kaloor slaughter house so far. So, there is no question of closing it down,” said T K Ashraf.
A health committee under the district administration in association with panchayat-level health vigilante committees had suggested shut down of 22 slaughter houses in the city to prevent spreading of rotten meats, especially of what came to be infamously known as the ‘tsunami meat’. But according to the Corporation, selling of stale meat has become a non-issue in the city. Further, the Corporation held that no outside agency has the power to act in a slaughter house run by the Corporation.
“We are constantly conducting inspections to prevent the sale of ‘tsunami meat’. Action has also been taken against a number of legal and illegal vendors who procured stale meat for sale. At present, the issue is under control. Moreover, how can any committee suggest action against a property run by the Corporation. It’s absurd,” said the health standing committee chairman.