In spite of tall claims of the municipal corporation, which had launched a kar-sewa on September 5 to help renovate and improve the Pinjrapole gaushala, the condition of the cowshed has become even worse, with no volunteer turning up during the past three days.
Sources allege that mismanagement at the cowshed, lack of interest among the MC officials who had initiated the kar-sewa, and the lukewarm response of people to the invitation for the volunteer service have made the condition of the cows even worse.
On September 5 and 6, people did turn up, but only to get a chance to have their photographs appear in the newspapers, a source alleged, adding that they performed prayers and destroyed the mangers, but did not return to the cowshed, leaving the cows without shelter.
"They tore down the existing mangers saying that they would build more spacious ones, but since Sunday, no one has come up to perform kar-sewa, and the condition of the cows has worsened," said Deepak Jyoti, a local, who, with 19 other city residents, had filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana high court.
"Since there is no place to feed the cows, they are going hungry. While members of the managing committee were also directed to spend at least five hours daily on providing care to the animals and inspecting the premises, they are not adhering to the instructions," he added.
"The condition at Bullandpur cowshed is also deplorable. We have got the information that the cows were not given food till 11am today. We are taking photographs of all these violations to show to the court during the next meeting," he said.
During a visit to the cowshed on Monday, the HT team had observed a large herd of cows crammed into a tight space which was full of piles of dung.
However, Kamaljeet Singh Bhatia, chairman of the committee formed by the MC to assess the functioning of cowsheds, claimed, "A good number of cow-lovers are ready to serve. These days were allotted to a group which did not turn up due to reasons best known to them. The MC is trying to do its best to improve the conditions by involving people for this noble cause."
On the other hand, nodal officer Harvinder Singh said, "Nobody from the public approached us for the kar-sewa. We have submitted the report to the mayor seeking further directions. Besides, constructing mangers was not part of the kar-sewa. It was to be done by the managing committee of the gaushala."