Despite several dairies operating in the city, there is no proper arrangement for the disposal of cow dung in Dehradun. There have been several complaints, especially during the monsoon, when owners of dairies and fewer cows dump the dung in drains by mixing it with water that causes several issues including foul smell in an area, choked drains and waterlogging. Recently, some members of Citizens For Green Doon (CFGD) approached the municipal commissioner Vinay Shankar Pandey and presented him a proposal to use cow dung to make the dried cow dung logs as done in various cities across the country. According to the members of CFGD, the production and use of cow dung have several advantages. They said that the regular use of such logs for burning can save tonnes of wood besides ensuring the proper use of cow dung in the city where it is generally dumped in drains causing several issues.
On the question of the said proposal to treat the cow dung in the city, Pandey said that the proposal is under consideration for now and no decision has been taken on it yet.
Rs 1,54,200 penalty collected from dairy owners
To curb the practice of dumping cow dung in drains and in the dry Rispana river, the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) has regularly been imposing penalties on the people and local dairy owners. From January till now, the MCD has collected about Rs 1,54,200 by imposing fine on 88 people for such activities, as informed by an MCD employee Pushpa Rauthan. She added that the corporation has also issued 52 challans under section 258 (b) of Municipal Corporation Act and 20 challans under section 133 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) for causing a public nuisance. She said that initially the guilty party is given several warnings and if they continue such actions the MCD issues a challan under CrPC and then produces them before the city magistrate who decides their punishment accordingly. The chief municipal health officer Dr Kailash Joshi also informed that MCD charges a penalty ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 5000 from people found guilty of dumping cow dung causing trouble to local residents.
Saturday, 20 June 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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