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How upcoming Aero India show is giving a hard time to meat lovers

All shops selling meat, fish in vicinity of Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bengaluru shut down for 20 days as a measure to prevent bird hits during premier event to be held from Feb 20 to 24

Bengaluru: The upcoming Aero India show, scheduled from February 20 to 24 this year, is giving a hard time to the meat lovers of Bengaluru. The reason: All shops in the vicinity of the Yelahanka Air Force Station, where the premier air show is slated to take place, have been shut down for 20 days.

The move has been initiated by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, the administrative body responsible for civic amenities and some infrastructural assets of the Greater Bangalore metropolitan area as a measure to prevent bird hits during the prestigious five-day aerospace exhibition.

Over 300 meat shops are facing the heat of the municipal body’s order. “A week’s ban still seems okay, but 20 days is not a trivial issue. How will I pay my labourers and fend for myself?” questioned a meat-trader.

These traders are also staring at huge losses because of the order.

However, this is not the first time the situation has arisen. According to locals, it crops up every time the biennial air show is organised which sees different countries participating in aerobatics.

Meanwhile, meat lovers of the region are a hassled lot. “How can we survive for 20 days without mutton or chicken? This is simply not possible,” asked an anxious consumer.