THE state government on Tuesday stayed the process initiated by the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) to construct a slaughter house in Pimpri. The slaughter house was slated to come up on a two-and-half acre land from where Dalco Company used to function.
Municipal Commissioner Rajeev Jadhav on Tuesday confirmed the state government had stayed the process of construction of the slaughter house.
“It seems it is related to the amendments made for use of the company land,” he said. Jadhav said it could be also because the state government feared the construction and added they were still finding out the exact reasons for the government’s move. PCMC’s environment department head Sanjay Kulkarni said the tender process for constructing the slaughter house was under way.
BJP MLA Laxman Jagtap, who had consistently opposed the PCMC’s move to use the company land for constructing the slaughter house, said the civic administration went ahead with the process despite massive opposition from politicians and various organisations.
BJP leader Sarang Kamtekar said the PCMC slaughter house earlier existed under the Rajiv Gandhi bridge in Pimpri. “It existed there for years, but had to be moved because of opposition from residents. It was then decided to set up the slaughter house on the vacant industrial land of Dalco company,” he said.
Kamtekar said under Section 73 of the MRTP Act, the NCP-led civic body had sought to change the use of industrial land for a civic project. “For setting up the slaughter house in survey number 202, it had sought to change the use of the land. The civic administration got a proposal approved in the civic general body meeting and then sent it to the state government for approval. The government had approved the proposal on March 12, 2015,” Kamtekar said.
Jagtap said he had met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and urged him to not allow construction of the slaughter house at the designated place. “Even while I was trying to persuade the CM by meeting him repeatedly, the PCMC adopted an adamant stand and insisted that the slaughter house should come at the Dalco company land,” Jagtap alleged. “Despite opposition from people, the PCMC had planned a so-called modern slaughter house,” he said.
Civic officials said the State Urban Development Department, which stayed the tender process, had sought to know from PCMC, among other things, whether the location of the land for the slaughter house was appropriate and would there be any law and order problem if the slaughter house comes up.