Incessant rainfall over the last few days in Jaipur has not only marred the Jaipur Municipal Corporation’s effort to clear sludge from the Hingonia Cow Rehabilitation Centre, but also left at least 20 more bovines dead.
A doctor at an animal husbandry department-run hospital told HT on Friday that 24 cows from the rehab centre had died at the hospital in the last 24 hours, while condition of at least 100 more was serious. However, there was no official confirmation.
Nearly 500 cows starved to death after they were caught neck-deep in cow dung and fodder that turned slushy due to rains at the municipal corporation-run cattle shelter in July. All the 266 contract workers at the establishment were on strike during the period to protest against the non-payment of dues for May and June. The incident had left the state government red-faced and the Opposition and media offensive.
After the tragedy, the JMC had dumped heaps of dry soil over the mud to suck up the slush, but rains had once again brought their efforts to a naught and mud once again started to accumulate at various animal enclosures.
According to sources, at least 195 bovines from the rehab centre have been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the animal husbandry department-run hospital, located near Hingonia.
However, the JMC administration denied that the situation at Hingonia had worsened. “The situation at Hingonia is under control now and we have cleared all the mud that had accumulated. I don’t think that the rain will have any effect on the situation at the centre and there is no chance that it will further worsen,” said Bhagwat Singh Deval, chairman, animal control and conservation committee of the JMC.