MP to shift all dairies out of cities, provide land to owners at 10% of its price
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MP to shift all dairies out of cities, provide land to owners at 10% of its price

In line with the swachh bharat abhiyan, Madhya Pradesh government has decided to shift dairies out of the city limits. The dairy owners will be provided government land outside the city limits after they pay 10 % cost of the plots allotted to them for setting up their dairy farms.

bhopal Updated: Oct 03, 2017 18:43 IST
Neeraj Santoshi
Neeraj Santoshi
Hindustan Times, Bhopal
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The Madhya Pradesh government on Tuesday said it will shift all dairies outside its cities and their owners will be provided plots to set up new farms at 10% of their price to keep up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship Swachh Bharat Abhiyan or Clean India Mission.

Narottam Mishra, the spokesperson of the state government and water resources minister, said the proposal to shift the dairies was passed during the meeting of the state cabinet chaired by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Mishra said though the matter initially pertained to dairies in Bhopal but the chief minister wanted them to be shifted out of all the cities in the state.

“The revenue department will look into the land allotment within 10km of the city limits. The land based on the number of cattle will be handed over to the local civic body through urban administration department,” he said.

The talk of shifting dairies on the outskirts of the city has been going on since 2012 after they were found flouting environmental rules. The Bhopal Municipal Corporation even demolished some illegally operating dairies in the past.

The central bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in May asked the Bhopal Municipal Corporation to shift all the dairy farms from the residential areas of the state capital to the outskirts by June 15. The deadline was not followed by the over 700 dairies, which were still found operating in the city.

Last year in April, the minister of state for urban development informed the state legislative assembly that the government was considering shifting all dairies in Bhopal outside the city.

The minister said this while responding to a question of Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Mahendra Hardiya, who wanted to know why authorities were not removing a dairy operating in Bhopal’s Arjun Nagar despite locals complaining that it was running illegally over encroached land.

Bhopal in the BJP-ruled state emerged as the second cleanest city in the third edition of the Swachh Survekshan, which was carried out nationwide during January and February, under the Clean India campaign in May.

Launched in 2014, the Swachh Bharat campaign aims to make India clean and open-defecation free by 2019, the 150th birth anniversary year of Mahatma Gandhi.

First Published: Oct 03, 2017 15:59 IST