GANGTOK, 09 Apr:
Meat vendors of Lal Bazaar Goskhan have undertaken a cleanliness drive and painting of their meat stalls. Chicken vendors started cleaning their stalls on Wednesday and meat vendors of beef and buff have also started painting their stalls.
It has to be mentioned here that the authorities had shut down Lal Bazaar Goskhan for a week after a joint inspection by Gangtok Municipal Corporation, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Department and Food Safety Cell of Health Department on 31 March found the Goskhan in unhygienic condition and not meeting the food safety standards. The authorities extended the shut down for another 15 days after seeing no improvement in the hygiene after another joint inspection on 07 April.
Speaking to media persons today, meat vendors stated that the cleanliness process will be completed within a few days and requested the authority to open the Goskhan before 15 days of time after checking it again. They mentioned that the meat stalls were closed before the lockdown which led to the delay in the cleanliness drive.