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Saturday, 15 August 2020

A first: Animal hostel to come up in Ambala district

Nitish Sharma

Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 14

Aiming better care for cattle owned by individuals and also to improve the hygiene in the village, a first of its kind 'animal hostel' in the region is going to come up at Ugara village in Ambala district.

"A proposal for the animal hostel was sent last year and it has been sanctioned by the government. In this facility, the individuals, who don not have space at their house, but still want to rear cattle in the village, will be able to do so in the hostel. It will be constructed in three phases on nearly 20-acre gau-charan land, for which the government has sanctioned the release of Rs 43.67 lakh under the Haryana Gramin Vikas Yojana scheme for the construction of a hall and shed for the animal hostel. The total sanction amount for the hall and shed is Rs 87.35 lakh. A grant of Rs 50 lakh will be issued for the biogas plant," said village sarpanch Harinder Kaur.

To get GPS tagging, insurance cover

  • The owner of the cattle will be required to pay an annual registration fee of Rs500
  • A charge of Rs250 per month for the facilities of power, water, doctor and shed, and provide grass for their cattle.
  • In the hostel, the animals will get insurance, GPS tagging, separate partitions, CCTV monitoring.

In the first phase, a shed with a capacity to keep 200 cattle, a biogas unit, milk-collection centre will be introduced and fencing done. A gas pipeline will be connected with households in Ugara, residents who will keep cattle at the hostel will get a rebate of 4 per cent on the bill and bio fertiliser will also be prepared. A solar rooftop panel, animal hospital, parking, milk-processing unit, nursery, seed treatment centre and space to keep other animals including goat, horse, and pig will also be setup in the remaining two phases," she informed.

Jaswinder Singh, sarpanch representative, said, "Ambala City MLA Aseem Goel had organised a trip to Gujarat in 2017, where such an animal hostel is being run. After seeing the project, we decided to setup one here. It will cost nearly Rs 16 crore. The owner of the cattle will be required to pay an annual registration fee of Rs 500, a charge of Rs 250 per month for the facilities of power, water, doctor and shed, and provide grass for their cattle. In the hostel, the animals will get insurance, GPS tagging, separate partitions, CCTV monitoring."

"After the completion of two years of the project, people belonging to the BPL category can get the cattle from the hostel by getting a registration done. Instead of paying money, they will be require to deposit 50 per cent milk and once the price of the cattle is recovered, the person will get the ownership of the cattle. A committee will be formed to run the hostel. Recently, we held a meeting with the Principal Secretary, Development and Panchayat Department, Sudhir Rajpal, and he said the project would be started within three months," he added.



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