Shiv Kumar Sharma
The dairy complex at Darwa village near Jagadhri in Yamunanagar district is struggling for basic amenities such as proper drainage, drinking water, availability of veterinary doctors at the dispensary and adequate supply of electricity. The situation has led to resentment among dairy owners, who accuse the district authorities of being indifferent towards their problems.
Waste water from the dairy complex flooding roads and the premises of several dairies has become a serious problem. The Municipal Corporation had constructed two pucca ponds (tanks) outside the dairy complex for the storage of waste water. But both ponds overflowed all the time and waste water entered agricultural fields, damaging crops. Therefore, farmers blocked the supply of waste water to the ponds in November last year. They filled earth in the main drain carrying the waste water to the ponds. Thereafter waste water inundated roads and also the premises of several dairies at the complex.
“Waste water floods roads and the premises of various dairies at the dairy complex as farmers had blocked the supply of waste water to the ponds in the first week of November last year,” says Jitender Kumar, a dairy owner.
He says that waste water also floods the premises of the tubewell installed by the state government to cater to the drinking water needs of the complex. The tubewell is non-functional, and therefore they are forced to arrange water through tankers from market for their animals.
“The tubewell is not functioning for long as its premises remain submerged under waste water and there is no way to reach the tubewell room to turn on the electric motor,” says Jitender.
Dairy owners have met the local administration, including Deputy Commissioner Girish Arora, several times for a solution to the problem. The Municipal Corporation has set up three pump sets to drain out waste water from the roads and the premises of the dairies. But the pump sets have failed to solve the problem, as they have been non-functional mostly due to technical snags and other issues.
“Pumps have been non-functional mostly, and even when they work, they fail to drain out water,” says Sanjay Pahwa, another dairy owner.
He says that more than 125 dairies were shifted to the Darwa village complex in June 2018 with a promise that they would be provided all basic facilities. The government has opened a veterinary dispensary in the village, but no doctor has been posted there so far. The dairies have commercial electricity connections, but they get power supply for only six to seven hours a day.
“When we have commercial connections of electricity, the government should supply us power round the clock on the urban area pattern,” says Pahwa.
Gulshan Budhiraja, Babu Ram and Beli Ram say that after shifting to Darwa village, the cost of milk has increased in the absence of a fodder market at the dairy complex. They are forced to buy green fodder from the 'chara mandi' situated in the industrial area in Yamunanagar every day.
“When we operated our dairies from Yamunanagar, we had to pay only Rs 5 per bag for the transport of green fodder but now we pay Rs 15 per bag,” says Bhudhiraja.
According to information, the Haryana Government had carved out 668 plots in four dairy complexes situated in Darwa, Raipur, Aurangabad and Kail villages in Yamunanagar district in 2004. But dairy owners say no basic facility has been provided in these complexes.
Sources say that the municipal authorities have so far shifted only 200 of 1,000 small and big dairies being run in the twin cities of Jagadhri and Yamunanagar.
Small dairy owners have five to 10 milch animals while medium and big dairies have 20 to 100 buffaloes and cows.
Anil Nain, Chief Sanitary Inspector of the Municipal Corporation, Yamunanagar, says that a pipeline has been laid to carry waste water from the dairy complex to the sewerage. “We have laid a pipeline and it is to be connected with the sewerage,” says Nain.
He adds they are also making efforts to provide other facilities to the dairy owners.