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Cow shelter in residential area makes life hard

india Updated: Jun 12, 2011 00:43 IST
Eshani Mathur

A gaushalla (cow shed) right next to DLF Phase 4 is causing inconvenience to residents.

The stench emanating from the shed has forced people to shut their windows and live in 'house arrest'. Residents said they have been tolerating the nuisance for almost five years. Some alleged that at least 200 cows are being reared in the shed illegally. The place is run by villagers to supply milk to nearby areas.

"It is difficult for us to stand in our balconies or switch on our coolers because of the stench, gas and fumes coming out of the shed," said a resident who doesn't want to be named.

"When we approached the villagers, they threaten us with their contacts in the administration," the person added.

The proximity of the large cow shed has depreciated the property value in this area, although it is one of Gurgaon's several posh colonies.

According to residents, villagers milk the cows every morning and let the animals roam free to graze within the premises on the residential colony. The cows are seen eating polythene bags and plastics, which can harm them.

'Cows maltreated'
"Animal rights activists should visit this area and get to the bottom of the problem. The cows are being treated badly and not even feed properly," said another resident.

After the authorities ignored the plea of residents, the RWA built a wall to fend themselves on their own expense. Residents said they want the authorities to either shift this cow shed or shut it down.