Mathura, 2019.01.13 (VT): Construction of cow shelters for rehabilitation of stray cattle has started in Mathura. 13 ‘goshalas’ will be built on more than 2000 acres of land across 13 villages of the district.
Cows and bulls will be moved to these shelters as soon as the boundary walls are constructed.
District Panchayat official, Dr. Pitam Singh, informed that 1500 acres of land in Baldeo block’s Kasimpur village will be used to make a large cow shelter.
Construction work has also started on 20 acres land (capacity 150 cows/bulls) in Aakos Baangar village.
125 acres have been marked for the purpose in Raya block’s Saaras village and Udhar in Maant block. Three other villages in Maant, namely, Irauli, Gujar and Suhagpur will have their own cow shelters built on 25 acre plots.
Work is under progress on 96 acres in Nandgaon’s Sanket village, 40 in Chatta’s Tumaula, and 47 acres in Chandauli. Goshalas in Chaumuha’s Akbarpur village (28 acres), Mathura’s Raal (130), Govardhan’s Magorra (12) and Jhudavai in Farah (47) are also coming up.
It is estimated that these ‘goshalas’ will be able to house 15,000 cattle.
In a meeting chaired by the DM, orders were given to remove encroachments from grazing lands that have been earmarked in all village Panchayats. These will be contracted for cultivation of fodder.
The shortage and high cost of fodder is a major reason behind private ‘goshala’ owners’ reluctance to take in stray cattle. Many find it economically nonviable to even run their present set-up.
The administration is taking various steps to make this project tenable and self-sustaining: The cow shelters will run on solar-powered lights and tubewells and proceeds from sale of cow-dung and cow urine will be used to procure fodder.
The state agriculture department will also train unemployed village youth in production of vermicompost, which will be sold to farmers.
Recently Municipal Corporation Mayor, Dr. Mukesh Arya Bandhu, laid the foundation stone for construction of a ‘goshala’ on Nagla Kolhu Marg (ward no. 25). A sum of Rs. 13 Lakh has been sanctioned for the purpose.
The mayor said that it will be the responsibility of Mathura-Vrindavan Municipal Corporation to rehabilitate stray cattle and arrange fodder for them. Recently, also, on the mayor’s insistence, 50-60 stray cows and bulls were accommodated in Vrindavan’s Kanha Goshala.