MCD’s Gau Sadan set to open in near future
Officials of the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) are confident that not even a single stray cattle will be seen on the city roads soon as the MCD is about to open its Gau Sadan at Selaqui in the near future. The Dehradun municipal commissioner Vinay Shankar Pandey said that this new facility for stray cattle is likely to be started in about a fortnight.
After a long wait the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) is about to conclude work on the construction of Gau Sadan at Selaqui.
The municipal commissioner informed that the land where the corporation has constructed the Gau Sadan is of 100 acres in area. The Gau Sadan in Selaqui is being constructed on the lines of the Mathura Gau Sadan in Uttar Pradesh which is said to be among the best such facilities in the country.
“It will take another fortnight for it to become operational. Only last few tasks are to be done otherwise the set up is almost complete,” said Pandey.
The shelter is being built under public private partnership (PPP) mode and will include facilities like veterinary hospital, dairy and tube well.
“The platform has been constructed and we have put a bore well in place. The cattle from the old shelter will be shifted here as soon as we wrap up the work,” he added.
The new setup at Selaqui was initiated after the allegations made in the wake of deaths of stray cattle and the existing stray cattle shelter- Kanji House in Kedarpuram falling short of space and resources to handle the considerable numbers of stray cattle. Though the existing facility has space for about 100 cattle, the number of cattle kept here had reached much higher than the capacity. Due to such factors, the number of stray cattle on the roads and public places in Dehradun had also increased considerably. It is pertinent to mention here that cattle abandoned by people suffer considerably as strays. Most of them end up ingesting polythene while browsing garbage for food. Injuries from mishaps and other health issues also cause considerable suffering to the stray cattle. On the other hand, the stray cattle also cause hindrance to traffic on the roads and lead to some inconvenience for citizens. It is hoped that once the new Gau Sadan of the MCD is opened, the problem of stray cattle in the provisional state capital will be addressed effectively.
Monday, 25 November 2019 | PNS | Dehradun