The Vellore Corporation has identified a new site for the construction of an abattoir in Kazhinjur, in the city.
The Corporation intensified its drive against illegal slaughtering in the city since April, after an illegal slaughter house was identified near Katpadi and 10 cows were rescued. Following this, the Corporation also issued notices to 30 meat shop owners.
This had intensified the demand from the Maattu Iraichi Viyabarigal Nala Sangam for an authorised slaughterhouse in the city, along with the already existing one for goats near Makhan Junction.
The local body had identified a site at Kangeyanallur for the construction of a slaughterhouse at a cost of Rs 50 lakh. Tenders were also called for and work orders were issued to the contractor. The bhoomi puja also had been performed here.
However, the local residents of Kangeyanallur, the birth place of spiritual preacher Thiru Muruga Kirupanandha Variyar, opposed the construction of the slaughter at the location. The residents objected to the project at Kangeyanallur stating that it was a spiritual land and constructing a slaughterhouse was not appropriate. Yet another reason identified was that the site was located near residential areas. Hence, the project was dropped.
Following this, the Corporation officials identified an alternate site in Kazhinjur. for the slaughter house.
The amount of Rs 50 lakh which had been already allotted under the Operation and Maintenance Gap Filling Fund 2012-2013 of the Corporation, for the slaughterhouse near Kangeyanallur, would be utilised for this project. The contractor, who had taken up the construction of the building at Kangeyanallur would execute the new project at Kazhinjur.