In a much needed move, Nagpur Municipal Corporation is taking steps to move cattle from the city to Nandgram, a cattle shed project at Wathoda near the Bhandewadi dumping yard. The project, which was planned many years ago could not be implemented for various reasons.
In 2003, the state government had declared Nagpur city as a prohibited area for keeping cattle under the Maharashtra Keeping and Movement of Cattle in Urban Areas Act, 1976. Even Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) had issued guidelines for prevention of pollution caused by cattle sheds, however, they were never implemented.
The menace of stray cattle disrupting traffic and causing accidents on the busy city streets has long been complained about but the authorities have done precious little to mitigate the problem.
According to a report in a leading daily, Nandgram cattle shed will house 3,000 cattle heads owned by milkmen currently operating within Nagpur city limits. The project was proposed in 2013, when senior BJP corporator Dayashankar Tiwari was standing committee chairman.
NMC will only develop the place with basic amenities like road, electric connections, overhead water tanks with four bore wells, hospital, milk chilling unit, three open grounds, separate drainage system to carry dung and waste water etc. whereas the actual construction of sheds will be done by the beneficiaries, who will be provided the land on lease, the report states. The Nandgram project will now cost Rs. 25 crore as against the earlier estimated cost of Rs. 39.12 crore.