CHENNAI: The shifting of operations in the existing slaughter house to the new modern abattoir in Perambur will be done within 30 days, the Madras High Court was assured on Tuesday.
When the PIL from K Gafoor Basha of Seven Wells came up before the First Bench of Chief Justice SK Kaul and Justice M Sathyanarayananon, Additional Advocate-General prayed for grant of 30 days time to shift the existing one to the new slaughter house, situated within the same premises on Dr Ambedkar Colony Road in Puliyanthope.
Earlier, the Corporation took a stand, which according to the Bench was absolutely evasive. It was seeking to wriggle out of the agreement entered into with Hind Agro Industries Limited in New Delhi, which constructed the new slaughter house, even though the company was ready and willing to perform the obligations.
“To our mind, it is not a question of disputes between the Corporation and the company, but the unwillingness of the Corporation, apparently for oblique reasons, to somehow ensure the frustration of the agreement. The citizens are entitled to wholesome supply of meat, for which steps were taken and money was spent. Obviously, under different pressures, the matter has been kept at bay...,” the Bench said.
The counsel for the company submitted that if the Corporation made available necessary land, the Phase-II of the project would be completed within three months.
When the Bench granted just 15 days to the Corporation to make available the land, its counsel, after consulting Corporation Deputy Commissioner (Health) T Anand, IAS, who was present in the Court, pleaded for 30 days. He also undertook that the shifting would be done by then to facilitate the second phase of the project to be completed by the company. Then, the Bench adjourned the matter till January 22.
Passing final orders on another writ petition from the Company, the Bench directed it to deposit the electricity charges due to the TANGEDCO within 15 days. The Board should restore power supply to the company immediately thereafter, the Bench added.