As four existing cow shelters in Panchkula remain full to capacity and stray cattle menace remains a teething issue, Panchkula Municipal Corporation (MC) is likely to discuss the proposal of building another cow shelter in Barwala, in the next House meeting scheduled on October 25. Though the agenda for the House meeting is yet to be finalised and issued, officials said the proposal is likely to be included in the discussion.
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“After lot of deliberations, we have earmarked a 14-acre land in Sukhdarshanpur in Barwala to build a cow shelter. The final proposal will be drafted after it gets a nod at the House meeting on October 25,” said Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Lalit Siwach. The proposal has been on hold for the past one year due to disagreements between councillors and civic body officials over how the cow shelter would be built.
The issue was discussed in the earlier House meeting held in May and was referred to a committee to make final recommendations, which will be tabled in the meeting on October 25. While the MC officials had stated that the land could be given on lease to a public welfare trust or any organisation which intends to build the shelter, the Councillors objected that the land should be given free of cost.
“The public welfare trust are not willing to build a cow shelter until land is allotted to them for free. It is under public welfare, as the cow-shelter will help the Corporation to address stray cattle menace. The MC needs to take a final call as there is an immediate need for cow shelter in Panchkula,” said councillor C B Goel.
However, MC officials had asserted that the civic body cannot give land free of cost to any organisation even if it is for building a cow shelter. There are four cattle shelters, one each in MDC, Saketri, Kalka and Pinjore which are all full and there has been a persistent demand for construction of another cow shelter.