Chandrapur: Former Congress MP Naresh Puglia met Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and raised the demand for the establishment of Gomata Van Park for shelter and protection of cows in the entire state.
Having said this, the number of cattle in Gaurakshan Sansthas (organizations running shelters for abandoned cattle) has increased manifold. Because of this, the animals are being kept there in deplorable conditions, Along with this, the senior Congress leader has also said that in the year 2002, as a Member of Parliament, he had financed a similar park in Rajura on forest land through the MP Development Fund. And the then Forest Minister Swaroop Singh Naik immediately agreed to it as it did not involve any transfer of forest land at all.
The land is still the property of the Forest Department, but the park is used by the public and the Forest Department has created many such parks across the state.” They said. When forest parks can be made for the citizens then why not for the cows whom we respect, Naresh Puglia said.
10 acres of land should be given to an organization having about 100 cows
“The department may provide heavily degraded pieces of forest land for the creation of Gaumata Forest Parks and after construction of peripheral premises and many shelters can also hand it over to cow protection institutions. Since the land is still under the possession of the Forest Department, there will be absolutely no hassle of transfer of forest land to build such parks. Apart from this, valuable trees and plants can also be grown in such parks to promote afforestation,” Naresh Puglia said.
He had also proposed to provide similar Gaumata Parks to the organizations working for the protection of cow progeny in the state for the last 10 years. 10 acres of land should be given to an organization having about 100 cows. Whereas those keeping 500 and 1,000 cattle should be given 50 and 100 acres of forest land for shelter and protection of the cattle, They said.