Cattle traders from across the city have moved the Bombay high court against the state government’s long-pending decision to move them out of Goregaon to Palghar. The traders said moving to the new site will not only affect their trade, but also affect the city’s milk supply.
The traders’ association has filed a petition in the high court to restrain the state from forcing them to move out till the association gets the requisite infrastructure at the new site in Palghar.
The association said the traders were not completely opposed to moving out of Goregaon but the state had failed to provide basic facilities such as adequate water supply for cattle, proper drainage system, and demarcated space for each of the traders, among others.
Transporting cattle out of the city will require several permissions and authorisations, said the association. Unless the state extended help to the traders, moving out would not be practical for the traders, it said.
The traders also said the state was also yet to inform them of the actual site in Palghar.
Most cattle traders in the city currently operate from a 150-acre area in Bail Bazar, Goregaon. The state proposed to move the cattle traders to Palghar in 2011 to solve, among other things, the problems of traffic snarls and water-logging in the monsoons.
The traders, however, have been agitating against the state’s plan saying they have been operating out of Goregaon for years and will not leave the market unless proper infrastructure is provided at Palghar.
The high court had earlier denied the association any relief saying the state’s decision was an administrative one and thus, did not require any interference. The traders then moved the Supreme Court that directed the Maharashtra government to provide requisite infrastructure in Palghar before directing the traders to move.
The association, however, moved the high court again after the state recently directed them to begin moving. Meanwhile, the state has filed an affidavit in the high court claiming the land in Palghar has been acquired and it is in the process of securing the facilities demanded by the traders. The court is likely to take up the matter on April 1.