Ludhiana: In yet another attempt to shift the dairy units from Tajpur Road and Hambran Road to check pollution in Buddha Nullah, municipal commissioner held a meeting on Wednesday at zone D office.
However dairy farmers have imposed certain conditions in order to comply with this. According to them, they should not be shifted to far off villages and they should be provided with required infrastructure.
A meeting is scheduled on August 1 in Chandigarh where members of task force of Buddha Nullah will also discuss the issue.
The MLAs are also called for this meeting. As the main stakeholders, dairy owners inputs will also be considered by task force members.
Tajpur Road dairy farmers association member Joginder Malhotra said they have asked the officials to develop two clusters for dairy units. “The dairy farmers who are part of Tajpur Road dairy complex should be given space at Tajpur Road while for Hambran Road dairy units too space should be at Hambran Road to avoid problems in running the business. They have also raised the demand that after shifting dairies, they should be given relaxation in change of land use. The government should arrange for land and also help in getting loan at nominal rates where they want to shift the dairies. In these clusters, arrangements for feeder market and disposal plant for cow dung waste should also be installed.”
Meanwhile, one of the dairy farmers claimed that they were ready to shift as Punjab Pollution Control Board has warned them that the units will be sealed if they do not arrange for the cow dung waste disposal plant.
The senior veterinary officer Dr Y P Singh said they will forward the demands of the dairy farmers to the task force members and the government will take the final call.
There are 153 dairy units at Tajpur Road and 350 dairy units at Hambran Road. Nearly 197dairies are situated scattered across the city, independent of these two clusters. Roughly, there are more than 60,000 cattle in these dairies and waste from these units is going directly into Buddha Nullah.