Pune: The Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) on Monday during the board meeting discussed that slaughtering at the 126-year-old Chhatrapati Shivaji Market be stopped soon and it will only take place at the butcher house in Lulla Nagar soon. This decision will be taken in the next board meeting.
This topic was stressed by the board members in the meeting, especially by Ashok Pawar as the area falls in his ward. He said, “All day long the vehicles of chicken and meat block the road leading to traffic congestion. Waste of chicken and meat is thrown on the road making the place dirty and stinking and the garbage bin gets overfilled by such waste thrown by shop owners of chicken and meat.”
“To avoid this, the Cantonment should first stress on levying a fine on people who park their vehicles in no parking zones, then they should totally remove the garbage bin and ghanta gadis should be increased. And the slaughtering house should be stopped, so that all these problems will be automatically avoided,” Pawar said.
DN Yadav, Chief Executive Officer of PCB, said, “If that is going to stop the filthiness of the pace then the decision will be taken in the next board meeting. Because we will have to inform the same to the owners of the chicken and meat shops. Also on a strict basis the health inspector will keep a check and anti-encroachment drive will be undertaken.”
Prithi Singh, President of PCB agreed with the solution to the problem. Singh said, “Soon we will make provisions to carry out the slaughtering of chicken and meat at Lulla Nagar as that is the biggest butcher place in the limits of Cantonment. This can at least solve some of the problems.”
Compensation for GST, LBT
The prolonged issue of compensation of GST and LBT not being received by PCB was taken up in the board meeting. DN Yadav, Chief Executive Officer of PCB, said, “After the implementation of GST from the last year we were supposed to receive compensation for LBT which is Rs 90 crore. Also we are not getting the benefit collected from the commercials of PCB limits which accounts to Rs 250 crore.”
PCB has been writing letters to the Central and State governments over the same issue but neither of the governments has given a positive reply on this issue yet.
The board members insisted Maj Gen Prithi Singh, the new president of PCB should go with them to the meeting with the Central and State government which will be soon organised. Yadav said, “If there is no positive reply from both the authorities after the meeting, then we will be filing case in High Court against the Government of India and Union of India over the same issue.”