In yet another case of violation of green cover in the city, carcasses of cattle are dumped at the foothills of Aravali, off the Gurgaon-Faridabad Road.
Just a few hundred metres from DLF City Phase 1 near the Air Force radar station, at least 20 persons butcher cattle for their meat, skin and bones and leave other remains in the forest area.
“We collect the dead cattle from nearby places and cut them here,” said a man, claiming that he along with others work on contract for the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon.
Though a black jeep used by these men had ‘nagar nigam’ (municipal corporation) written on its number plate, the vehicle registered in Delhi does not specify which municipal corporation it belongs to.
Anil, 18, who has been working here for more than three months, said he has to work from morning till midnight and cuts about 10 cattle every day.
“I cut nearly 10 cattle everyday and my salary is Rs. 3,000 per month. After cutting the animals, bones are loaded into a truck at night and other parts are buried here. I don’t know where the bones are transported to,” said Anil, who hails from Badayun, Uttar Pradesh.
The activity has been going on for more than six months now in an eco-fragile forest zone but the forest department said it is not aware of the violation.
“I am not aware of this. I will be able to comment only after inquiring about the matter,” said Pankaj Goel, forest conservator.
Half a kilometre from the open slaughter house are Gurgaon’s densely populated sectors 54, 55, and a technical college. About a kilometer away is the Golf Course area. The cattle remains left to decay in the open pose health risks for the residents.