In Saligao village at Donvaddo, there is a drain alongside the road which lies clogged with the blood and entrails of slaughtered pigs. For many years now, the area’s local piggery has been a source of serious emotional and material distress to itsÂ neighbors.
Aside from the insupportable stench of excreta, rotting offal and the flamboyant disregard for any considerations of hygiene, the squeals of dying pigs at odd hours during the day areÂ traumatizingÂ the entire community. This is especially disturbing in light of the slaughterhouse’s proximity to a school. Situated only 100Â metersÂ away is Lourdes Convent, and everyday its 1,600 young students have toÂ jeopardizeÂ their physical and mentalÂ well beingÂ in order to attend class.
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The demands of the residents are fairly straightforward:
– The Health Department should conduct regular inspections of the piggery and enforce a strict adherence to government regulations. The import and slaughter of pigs and the burning of waste must be in accordance with the Solid Waste Management Rules of 2000.
– The Panchayat or Village Council should also inspect the compound on a regular basis and ensure an observance of protocol through its Garbage Sub-Committee.
– The local Panch member, Sarpanch (Headman) and MLA of the region should ascertain that these inspections and enforcements are carried out smoothly. Action needs to be taken immediately and effectively at the level of the Health Ministry and the Cabinet.