The Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog (national cow commission) has proposed that the Centre and states allot 10-15 specifically earmarked areas for ‘cow hostels’ in every city or urban area.
This would not just facilitate access to milk for city dwellers and also generate revenue from it.
“I have already written to the urban development ministry requesting it to make a guideline for ‘cow hostels’, which can be incorporated in urban planning framework across the country,” Aayog chairman and former BJP MP from Gujarat Vallabhbhai Kathiria told.
This is in addition to the commission’s recent suggestion for setting up cow shelters in the peripheries of urban areas or nearby villages to tackle the menace of stray cattle.
Kathiria says that the lack of space prevents people from raising cows in urban spaces and the cow hostels will allow 20-25 people to come together, pay maintenance and use the milk of their own cattle. He also claims that such cow hostels have already been successfully experimented within some areas of rural Gujarat, though no further details have been provided.