Saturday, 2 April 2016

Bathinda gets a solution to its stray cattle menace

Residents of Bathinda have been dealing with the issue of stray cattle since a long time. It has been a major block for the transportation in the city. It gets difficult for people to move from one place to another due to the roadblocks because of stray cattle. It is difficult to handle such situation as one doesn’t want to be harsh on animals and the day-to-day lives get affected due to the same.

Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Cabinet Minister recently inaugurated two cattle ponds in two different villages in the city, Harraipur Village and Goniana Village. It is believed that with the development of these ponds, the issue of cattle can be solved easily. With this, the cattle wont have to roam around on the streets in the city.

Right now, these ponds are in their first phase, wherein around 500 stray cattle would be shifted here and taken care of. Whereas, the next phase of these ponds, which is believed to be applicable in next three months will have around 2, 000 stray animals at the Harraipur Village Pond.

This initiative has been taken up by the District Animal Welfare Society who has spent an amount of Rs. 2.5 crore in construction of these cattle ponds. The area in which the cattle pond has been constructed is spread around 15 acre of land and it is so huge that it can accommodate around 2, 400 stray cattle in coming times. Out of this whole area, the construction work is to be done at an area of 8 acres, and, the government and cow cess fund will be used in the same. In the first phase, the work of constructing boundary walls and a shed has been completed.

The Harraipur Village’s pond is almost complete and cattle have already been shifted there as per Deputy Commissioner Basant Garg. Now he says that the process will be running at an even faster pace to complete the project in time. This was a much-required step for the people of this area, as already many people have lost their lives and have been hurt due to this menace.

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