Guntur: Guntur Municipal Corporation (GMC) has granted permission for home delivery of chicken and mutton.
Twenty-three merchants, one each per municipal division, were granted permission for home delivery, including containment and buffer zones.
The sale of meat, poultry and fish at stalls, however, remains banned in the city.
Local legislator Mohammed Mustafa had recently requested district collector and GMC special officer Samuel Anand Kumar to allow at least identified merchants to open meat and chicken stalls as a large number of people in his constituency were observing fast in the month of Ramzan and depriving them of desired protein food was not correct.
Subsequently, the collector directed municipal commissioner C Anuradha to look into issue. The commissioner held discussions with the owners of mutton and chicken stalls two days ago and readied a list of merchants who expressed willingness to deliver the orders at home. The GMC then issued passes to the traders and asked them to adhere to the lockdown rules. The vehicles carrying meat parcels will be allowed to operate only between 3 pm and 6 pm.
The GMC commissioner has asked municipal health officer Dr Sridevi to ensure the quality and hygiene of the meat being delivered.