Outsourcing abattoir maintenance may save MCD 1.5 cr
Last Updated: Sunday, July 19, 2009, 18:25
New Delhi: The MCD is planning to outsource operation and maintenance of its Ghazipur slaughterhouse, a move which may help the civic body save Rs 1.5 crore per month being spent on the abattoir which is yet to be fully functional even after a year of its completion.

The state-of-the-art unit, set up in line with a 2004 Supreme Court order, was inaugurated last year. The MCD was expected to shut the old slaughterhouse at Idgah with the opening of the abattoir that has the capacity of slaughtering 10,000 animals in three sections -- halal, jhatka and buffalo.

However, the civic body has so far failed to convince all the butchers, especially the halal meat association, to shift to the new complex, making the closing down of the Idgah slaughterhouse impossible.

With the operation and maintenance of Ghazipur unit set to be given to private firm Frigorifico Allana Ltd for 10 years, the civic body officials expect to save costs of running the abattoir.

MCD officials said the corporation will collect a rent of Rs 50 lakh per month from the lease holder, which will help it save Rs 1.5 crore per month.

The proposal for this regard has been passed by the MCD Standing Committee and will be brought before the next meeting of the House for approval.

At present, Food Processing Equipments Co Ltd jointly executes operations in the abattoir with MCD in return for a payment of Rs 45 lakh per month.

MCD spends Rs 1.5 crore every month in operations costs, electricity charges, manpower cost, salaries to MCD engineers and other supporting staff besides the expenses incurred on running the Idgah slaughterhouse.

The lease rent paid by the company to MCD will be Rs 6.2 crore per year.

The lessee will also operate and maintain livestock markets, arrange animal handlers, butchers, sanitation workers and other skilled and unskilled labourers and collect revenue from all users.

The private company has also proposed to undertake a series of steps to provide better facilities to the users, officials said.

It will install water sprinkler systems for washing animals before slaughter, use its own fleet of 18 refrigerated vehicles for transportation of carcasses, augment power supply, provide subsidised food to staff and butchers, ensure laundry facilities for daily cleaning of uniforms and install close-circuit televisions within the plant.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, July 19, 2009, 18:25

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