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HP govt to set up cow shelters in 11 districts

Hamirpur (HP), Jan 17 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh government has decided to set up cow sanctuaries/Gau Sadan in 11 districts of the state to provide shelter to stray cattle in a natural environment and also provide grazing facilities. This was stated by Virender Kanwar, Minister for Animal Husbandary on Friday.
In the initial phase, these cow sanctuaries will be set up at Kotla Barog, Distt. Sirmour; Handa Kundi District Solan; Kheri, District Hamirpur; Thana Kalan Khas, District Una; Indora-Damtal, Distt. Kangra; Kudan GP-Badsar-Palampur, Distt. Kangra; Kangaihan-Jaisinghpur, Distt. Kangra; Luthan (Jawalamukhi) Distt. Kangra; Barota-Dabwal, Tehsil Shree Naina Devi ji Distt. Bilaspur; and Dhar-Tatoh, Tehsil Sada, Distt. Bilaspur.
Four cow sanctuaries will be set up in Kangra District at Indora (Damtal), Kudan-(Palampur), Kangaihan (Jaisinghpur) and Luthan (Jawalamukhi), because Kangra has a more pronounced problem of stray cattle, whereas district Lahaul Spiti does not have this problem at all, hence the government will not be constructing a cow sanctuary there.
The work of boundary wall for a big gosadan at Bain Attarian, being built at a cost of Rs. 77,90,000/- is being carried out so as to enhance the hosting capacity of the gosadan from the existing 250 to 1000.
Most of these gosadans will have a capacity ranging between 300-500 cows, with a few of them housing as many as 600 cows.
The cow sanctuary at Kotla Barog in Sirmour district will be built in 109 bigahs, at Handa Kundi in District Solan, Thana Kalan Khas in District Una, Kheri, Sujanpur in District Hamirpur and Manjheer in District Chamba 114.7 Bigahs , 390 Kanals, 153 Kanal,and 12.5 bighas respectively. The capacity of each cow sanctuary will depend on the size of land available in the respective district.
The minister added that construction work on all the abov cow sanctuaries is in the final stages and will be completed by 2020 and made functional the same year.
The govt has notified various govt departments engaged in infrastructure development like the PWD, RD, HPSIDC, Housing Board etc as nodal departments to build these sanctuaries depending upon the suitability and work load pending with the department in their respective districts.

The population of stray cattle in the state at present is 27,352 and while 13,337 cattle are being reared in existing Gosadans and Gaushalas in the state .

The state Government will generate funds for running these cow sanctuaries through 15% net income of temple trusts and other resources to meet the day to day expenditures. The state govt is also providing financial assistance to NGOs / Gram Panchayats / local bodies for running smart Gaushallas under PPP mode by providing them financial assistance.
The state govt proposes to use the cow dung/urine from these gosadans for producing biogas, power generations and make other daily use products for sale in the open market to generate additional funds for these cow sanctuaries.The services of veterinary doctors / grass / fodder will be made available in each cow sanctuary.
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