Pickle factory in Mumbai's slum, is unmonitored by owner and overlooked by health department.
Amol, our Community Correspondent in Mumbai, recently came across a factory at some distance from his neighborhood. He felt suspicious because of the smell escaping from the factory, and after entering he discovered that the place was lying empty and unmonitored. Upon enquiry, he discovered that this factory manufactures pickles and that the manager and the owner were not to be seen. While the pickles were marinating, the factory shut down for four months, and the production was left in terrible hygienic conditions, with no workers to monitor the process. Amol even spotted dead insects and a lizard in the vat.
Amol also discovered that many pickle factories, across various slums in mumbai, belongs to the same owner, and are in similar conditions. These pickles are then sold to slum dwellers, at a rate slightly cheaper than the market one.
Amol feels very concerned about the welfare of his community, who prefers buying these pickles, for their very cheap prices, without being aware of the conditions in which they are produced. He thus decided to make a video on the issue to inform them that they were putting their health at risk by consuming these pickles. He also hopes that his video will force the owner to take action to improve the hygienic condition in his factories.
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