NEW DELHI: Selling of raw meat will not be allowed in the open during the ongoing Navratra, Ghaziabad Mayor Asha Sharma said on Saturday. The district magistrate clarified that licensed meat shops can run their business in covered kiosks during the nine-day-long festival.
“During Navratra, selling of meat will not be allowed in the open (across Ghaziabad) while it is banned completely near temples and in the bylanes where temples are located. Shop owners can cover the meat which they are selling. We are not here to help anyone incur profit or loss,” said Mayor Sharma. The Chaitra Navratra began on Saturday and will continue till April 10.
Meanwhile, District Magistrate of Ghaziabad RK Singh said, “Only licensed meat shops will be allowed to open their shops in covered kiosks following cleanliness norms. No shop owner will be allowed to throw animal carcasses in open areas.” He said that the health department will ensure sanitation near the meat shops during Navratra festival.