Mrunal Manmay Dash

The enforcement squad of the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) raided roadside meat and poultry shops running in Cuttack city on Friday.

The raid led by CMC deputy Commissioner was conducted at several roadside shops at Biju Patnaik square and other places in the city.

The raid comes in the wake of the personal appearance of the CMC Deputy Commissioner before the Orissa High Court. The official stated that the roadside poultry shops in Cuttack will be closed soon.

Earlier, the High Court expressed displeasure over the open slaughtering of poultry and goats in the city. It had directed the civic body to accommodate all the shops in slaughterhouse.

However, the meat vendors alleged the CMC authorities were harassing them despite cutting the meat in the slaughterhouse.

“The CMC authorities had asked us to cut the meat at the slaughterhouse and sell it at our shops on the roadside. But despite showing them all the receipts of the slaughterhouse where I cut the meat and brought it here to sell, the authorities took all my meat and equipment,” alleged a meat seller.

The buyers, however, expressed another concern. A local resident, who was at the shop to buy meat said, “We agree with the High Court order. But if they cut the meat at the slaughterhouse and sell it here, how would we know, what meat are they selling. How would we be sure that the mutton they are selling is authentic?”

In June this year, the Orissa High Court sought an update from the CMC on the implementation of the Street Vendors Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending Act, 2014.

The petition sought direction to the CMC to declare vending zones in the city in terms of the Street Vendors Act and grant licenses to the vendors as per the provisions of the law. To implement the rules, the CMC had constituted a Town Vending Committee.

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