To prevent disposal of waste into drains by dairy farms, the Haridwar Municipal Corporation has mandated the registration of animals for carrying out dairy-related business in its jurisdiction.
The civic body has warned of punitive action against the dairy farms that violate the norm. Waste from these dairies flows into drains that end up polluting Ganga, according to civic officials.
Meanwhile, the municipal corporation also levied penalties on nine dairy farms under the Cow Protection Act for keeping cattle in life-threatening conditions. Several of these establishments were issued a notice regarding poor sanitation earlier as well.
At present, more than 50 dairy farms are operational in the jurisdictional limits of Haridwar Municipal Corporation.
Dayanand Saraswati, Haridwar municipal commissioner, told TOI, “No dairy activities will be permitted without registration. During inspections on Wednesday, we found that several dairy businesses being run in the Jawalapur region do not keep cattle in hygienic conditions. Therefore, we imposed a penalty on nine dairies in the area and ordered officials to file a case against three dairy owners.”