The Municipal Corporation of Vijayawada has imposed a ban on meat from August 9 to 25, in accordance with a religious festival Krishna Pushkaram, honouring Krishna river.
It is a festival of river Krishna, which is normally celebrated once in every 12 years. It is a 12-day festival, which begins from the time of crossing of Jupiter and Virgo. This festival is celebrated in south Indian states like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka. This year, the festival starts from 12 August and ends on 23 August.
The no-meat ban has brought out mixed reactions from people. Though the festival happened earlier in 2004 and 1992, it was not accompanied by a ban on meat. Residents wondered how a government can decide on what its people should or should not eat.
“People of various religions live here and the government must not tell us what to eat,” a resident was quoted as saying by a news channel.
The corporation stated that they have issued the ban on public health interest and strict action would be taken against those who violate the rule.
A meat trader said that many traders would suffer because of this law as sitting idle for even a single day counts for them with this being the only way by which they make a livelihood.
Thousands of families in Vijayawada make a living by selling meat and they would be badly affected by the ban. All meat shops, including chicken, mutton and fish outlets, will have to be closed from August 9 to 25.