The National Green Tribunal today imposed a ban on all illegal slaughter houses in Uttar Pradesh and directed state authorities to ensure there is proper regulation of meat shops.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said slaughter houses which do not have permission from UP Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) and/or environmental clearance from State Level Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) besides permissions from local authorities will not be allowed to operate either in open or shops.
"Uttar Pradesh, UP Pollution Control Board (UPPCB), Nagar palikas, corporations and all other public authorities shall fully ensure that no illegal and unauthorised slaughter houses are permitted to operate," the bench said.
The green panel made it clear that slaughter houses in Ghaziabad, Hapur and Meerut, which operate either in open or shops, will be permitted to function only if they have consent to operate.
The Tribunal also directed Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) to ensure that there is no illegal extraction of water by these slaughter houses in these three districts.
The bench asked UPPCB to constitute a committee which will issue to small shops certificates on quaterly basis permitting them to slaughter very limited number of animals.
It also directed the concerned public authorities to ensure that there is a proper regulation of meat shops and appropriate measures are taken for hygiene and healthcare.
Earlier, the Tribunal had said that animal waste shall not be thrown in the municipal drains or any part of the streets or roads in Ghaziabad, Hapur and Meerut.