Swine menace irks Inderpuri residents

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Amritsar, August 25

Though Inderpuri residents have been raising hue and cry for long for shifting of pig farming from the area, the swine menace continues to haunt them. Earlier, the health wing of the Municipal Corporation (MC) had conducted a surprise check in Inderpuri and asked pig farmers to shift their business out of the MC limits.

Jaswant Singh, a resident of the area, said, “Most of the farmers indulged in piggery have shifted some of the swines, but still a large numbers of pigs can be seen roaming hither and thither, creating nuisance. Residents attended a meeting yesterday called by Municipal Health Officer Raju Chowan and apprised him about the situation.”

He said resident were panicked as patients with swine flu symptoms from the nearby areas had been reported in city hospitals.

On August 6, the pig traders had sought two weeks to shift their swines. But pigs can be seen wandering around garbage dumps and vacant plots and scattering the litter. Residents of Railway Colony also complained that the pigs roaming near the railway lines enter their localities sometimes.

Shiv Kumar, a resident of Islamabad, said, “The health authorities often visit the area and catch pigs. But the swine population has been increasing day by day. These pigs are domesticated. The authorities should take strict action against the pig traders.”

Meanwhile, there is no check of the authorities on slaughter houses in the city where the swine are slaughtered without taking precautionary measures.

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