Il­le­gal cow sheds crop up on MIDC land at Airoli

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

Many peo­ple who have set­tled in Ya­dav Na­gar area of Digha have not just en­croached on MIDC land but also built il­le­gal tabelas. There are around 20 il­le­gal tabelas in the area which house around 800 an­i­mals. There are re­port­edly a to­tal of 28 tabelas in Airoli MIDC area.

Not only is the il­le­gal en­croach­ment an is­sue, lack of hy­giene in the area is also a ma­jor health con­cern for the res­i­dents.

The sit­u­a­tion in Ya­dav Na­gar came to the fore dur­ing the re­cent bye-elec­tions. Even as the po­lit­i­cal par­ties bat­tled for supremacy, the il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties in the area were dis­closed in the cam­paign­ing.

A so­cial worker said, “Even as ac­tion is taken against the need-based con­struc­tions of the project-af­fected peo­ple, who are the sons of the soil, those from Ut­tar Pradesh, Bi­har and other re­gions have come here and taken over al­most 50 acre land where their colony has come up.”

He added, “The land given by the PAP to MIDC for in­dus­tries has been usurped by out­siders. They haven’t stopped at con­struct­ing slums but also started busi­nesses right here. In Ya­dav Na­gar alone there are at least 20 tabelas.”

The rules and reg­u­la­tions un­der Ma­ha­rash­tra An­i­mal Preser­va­tion Act 1976 with re­spect to rear­ing cat­tle and their move­ments are sim­ply ig­nored. It is manda­tory to take per­mis­sion of district dairy de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer to start a cow shed and start a busi­ness in ur­ban ar­eas of the state.

The per­mis­sion clearly states and takes into ac­count, the cat­tle pop­u­la­tion in the area, the suit­abil­ity of the area for rear­ing cat­tle, ad­e­quate wa­ter sup­ply in the tabela for wash­ing and clean­ing of the an­i­mals and for their drink­ing and over all hy­giene.

None of the req­ui­sites seem to be fol­lowed in Ya­dav Na­gar.

A res­i­dent said, “The health of over 10,000 res­i­dents is at risk due to the cow sheds. There is lit­tle care for the health of the an­i­mals ei­ther.”

He said borewells have been dug up, wa­ter from which is used for the tabelas. “Many have no li­cence for milk sell­ing busi­ness ei­ther. There are no per­mis­sions from FDA or NMMC ei­ther.”

A so­cial worker said, “All tabelas in Ya­dav Na­gar are il­le­gal. Crim­i­nal cases can be filed against those vi­o­lat­ing the law. There is pun­ish­ment up to three years un­der the law.”

The of­fi­cials were not avail­able for com­ment.

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