Hajin: Outrage against move to turn school ground into slaughter house

‘Won’t construct it in school premises, have asked locals to identify alternate land’

IMRAN MUZAFFAR

Hajin, Apr 10: These days, the talk of the town in this north Kashmir neighborhood is not the absence of water and power supply or the bad condition of roads. It is however the outrage against the local Municipality for mooting a “bizarre” proposal to construct a slaughter house in a school ground.
“It is a horrible proposal,” said a group of locals. “The municipality has failed to address basic issues in this town like cleanliness of roads and maintenance of street lights. In turn it is trying horrible ideas. We don’t want such a thing in front of a school.”
This, the locals said, would be appalling. “It is an appalling move. It is like slaughtering animals in a classroom where children not more than 14 years of age study,” said a local, Riyaz Ahmad.
Riyaz said the town’s Education Committee and Teacher’s Forum have also resented construction of such a building in Middle School Gulshan Abad ground.
“The school has little area in front of it. It is used as a ground for holding prayers and examinations. Students sometimes play there. And if a slaughter house is constructed there, the school functioning would virtually crumble down,” he said.
Sources in the local Municipality told Greater Kashmir that construction of slaughter house in the school ground over two kanals of land was on cards. “The middle school and municipality share over 3.5 kanals of land. While the school runs on 1.5 kanals of land, the municipality possesses two kanals of land,” they said, adding that the total construction estimate of the structure was pegged at Rs 40 lakh.
The local residents said the Municipal Committee has been neglecting their points of view over issues of public importance. “And this time too, the authority is taking us for granted,” said an elderly, Ghulam Rasool.
“They do what they want to do, never listening to us. Having a slaughter house in school ground is a problem for us, problem for our kids. It is never a problem for them.”
Executive Officer Municipal Committee Hajin Abdul Rasheed said the idea has been stalled after locals opposed the construction. “Yes the construction of slaughter house was on cards but we have completely cancelled it after elders said it would not be feasible to go for its construction in the school. Instead we have asked them to provide us alternate land for its construction,” he said.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST




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