The famous Lal Market or more commonly known Lal Bazar in Gangtok feeds the people of Gangtok and its surrounding areas ith vegetables from the hills and plains. Adjacent to a 5 storied concrete building, now known as Kanchendzonga Shopping Complex (KSC), which serves the purpose of Lal Bazar, is a shabby concrete one-floor RCC building which sells all types of meat for non-vegetarians in urban areas.
On Sundays, people flock to KSC to buy their week’s ration. My concern lies in that shabby corner which caters to the carnivorous appetite.
As you enter the stretch, blood is spilled everywhere and porters carrying the meat are covered with the same, giving us a similar scene as the famous Hollywood movie ‘The Killing Fields’.
This goshkhan (meat shop/ butcher shop) still looks like it hasn’t undergone any repair or restoration of any kind since the mid 80’s – shabby, dirty and under maintained.
While there are concerns over meat being one of the deadliest disease carriers, and with the world already facing diseases like ebola and coronavirus, it’s high time that we go by the saying “prevention is better than cure”.
Below are a few points which I feel should be looked into and taken care of:
- The Goshkhan needs to be shifted from Lal Bazar, Gangtok to a different location for general hygiene and public wellbeing.
- The long stretch towards the Goshkhan needs upgradation with proper drainage system.
- The Goshkhan, if shifted, should have proper super refrigerators to keep the meat fresh and rat free zone.
- In the meantime, till the Goshkhan is shifted, it needs upgradation with proper ventilation and cleanliness drive every day.
Let’s make our Sunday shopping a healthy one!
By Tshering Wangchuk Lepcha.
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