IMC bid to relocate dairies fails
AFTER FOUR years of locking horns with cattle owners, the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) has finally ceded defeat in the battle to relocate dairies to the City outskirts.india Updated: Sep 14, 2006 13:56 IST
AFTER FOUR years of locking horns with cattle owners, the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) has finally ceded defeat in the battle to relocate dairies to the City outskirts.
Despairing of being able to persuade them to shift out of the City centre, the Corporation has decided to cancel plots allotted to cattle owners in Gwala Colony - the area designated for resettling dairies.
The cancellation will be carried out in a phased manner with over 130 allotments to be revoked in the first instalment. Simultaneously, the Corporation has stepped up pressure by launching an intensive campaign to round up cows and buffaloes found loitering in the streets.
More than 50 strays were rounded up on the night intervening Monday and Tuesday although the campaign could not be carried out on Tuesday as the administration was busy defusing the tension in Toda.
It may be recalled that dairy owners were allotted plots for Rs 1 lakh at Gwala Colony near Chhota Bangadda by the Corporation in a bid to encourage relocation.
Quick to take advantage of the offer over 150 dairy owners took possession of the land after paying anywhere between Rs 12-15,000. However, instead of relocating their businesses to the site they rented out the plots after constructing sheds and rooms.
When IMC began pressing for payment the dairy owners simply ignored the demands. Peeved, the Corporation recently issued a final notice warning that the allotment would be cancelled if they didn’t cough up the remaining Rs 90,000.
Faced with this ultimatum a contingent of cattle owners did turn up at the IMC headquarters. Although not with cash or cheques, as the IMC had hoped, but a long list of excuses stating why they could not make the payments.
Finally losing patience with the intransigent owners the IMC administration decided to cancel the allotments. “Formal orders for the cancellation of plots at Gwala Colony are likely to be issued within a day or two,” admitted a senior IMC official.