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Amloh veterinary hospital relocating; villagers don't consent

State health department has planned to shift the already working veterinary hospital of Amloh to another location in the block against the disapproval of villagers.

punjab Updated: May 12, 2015 18:50 IST
Ketan Gupta
Ketan Gupta
Hindustan Times
Amloh,veterinary hospital,animal husbandry

State health department has planned to shift the already working veterinary hospital of Amloh to another location in the block against the disapproval of villagers.

Ironically, the new designated place is adjacent to a gaushala (cow ranch) and the crematorium. The waste water of the whole town also gets collected here and it is impossible for the animal owners to take their animals there for treatment.

Meanwhile, the health department has assured that the newly constructed hospital would be better equipped with modern technology and facilities. However, they are not giving any justification on the reason behind the relocation.

Currently, the hospital is on the Amloh-Nabha road and is functioning in an area of one vigah (1,000 square yards). The new decided location, which is inside the town, is even less than a vigah. However, according to the norms, the hospital area
should be at least five vigahs so that it can be developed later.

Locals fear that sick animals would come here to get treated which would in turn impact the health of the cows of the nearby gaushala. As per the doctors, many animal diseases get easily transmitted through flies and are also air-borne.

According to the sources, the new veterinary hospital would cost more than Rs 80 lakh and would have facilities like OPD and laboratories to admit sick animals which are not possible to adjust in merely one vigah.

As per the information received, there should be no other veterinary hospital within a radius of 8km of a veterinary hospital. However, the concerned department has already given its nod to another hospital which is to be built at a distance of just 2.5km in village Khanian.

The relocation has sparked protests by farmers. Bhartiya Kissan Union Ekta chief, Gurmeet Singh Radki said that they would not tolerate any change in the hospital and would protest against this. He said it seems like all this is happening for the selfish reasons of some authorities and that the union members will not let their motives come to fruition.

The director of animal husbandry, Dr Harinderjit Singh Sandha said, "We admit that the new place has less area than what we require, however, the council has not provided us any other location so we will have to build the hospital at this new place."

On the other hand, the panchayat of village Bhadalbuha proposed a location to the department which was about half a kilometre away from Amloh. However, a writ petition was issued against the location after which the animal husbandry department refused to fight the case and said that they have found another location.

The panchayat of village Sonti had also agreed to provide a five vigah space for the hospital. Again, the department refused by saying that they can build the hospital in Amloh city only even when the rules say that the hospital can be built anywhere within the boundary of Amloh block.

Locals said they would not let the authorities shift the hospital and would ask the department to renovate the current hospital itself.

First Published: May 12, 2015 18:39 IST