With an aim to address concerns for public health and environment, two modern slaughterhouses will be set up in Rajshahi and Khulna cities.
Department of Livestock Services under its Livestock and Dairy Development Project (LDDP) will establish those with an estimated cost of around Tk 83 crore each.
In Rajshahi, LPPD officials revealed the information at a meeting with city corporation Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton at the latter’s City Bhaban office on Friday evening, RCC sources said yesterday.
LDDP Director Kazi Washi Uddin informed the mayor that such slaughterhouses will be established in Chattogram, Rajshahi and Khulna cities with financial support of World Bank in the preliminary stage.
“We have already selected a site [one-acre of land in Talaimary area] in Rajshahi,” he said, adding that the implementation works will start after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) by the end of current fiscal.
During his presentation, Dr Golam Rabbani, chief technical coordinator of the project, highlighted various features of the slaughterhouse along with its implementation and operational processes.
Upon its successful implementation, this facility will be environment-friendly and people will be able to get safe meat, he added.
The RCC mayor said time has come to strengthen the local government institutions and enable them to combat the spread of diseases. Both government and non-government organisations should come forward to set up such facilities, he said.
Deputy Project Director Engr Partha Prodeep Sarker and RCC Chief Executive Officer Shawgatul Alam and Chief Engineer Ashraful Haque were present at the meeting.
Meanwhile in Khulna, LDDP officials held a meeting with city corporation Mayor Talukder Abdul Khaleque in this regard on Thursday.
The LDDP director said the sight to construct the slaughterhouse has already been selected. The work will start during current fiscal, he said.
Dr Rabbani highlighted various aspects of the facility.
Mayor Khaleque said if modern slaughterhouses are set up in urban and rural areas, many biogas plants could be installed and the waste from the facilities could be managed properly, the mayor added.
Other than LDDP officials, KCC Chief Executive Officer Palash Kanti Bala, (acting) Chief Engineer Nazmul Islam, Chief Health Officer Dr AKM Abdullah, Chief Garbage Management Officer Engr Md Abdul Aziz were present at the meeting.