GDA to develop ‘cattle colonies’, shift dairy farms

GHAZIABAD: The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) is planning to develop ‘cattle colonies’ in order to rid the city of the numerous dairy farms that have mushroomed over the past several years.

A number of dairy farms are operational in Ghaziabad that are either set up privately, or with the help of schemes launched by the state government.

The GDA has constituted a six-member panel to scout for land for setting up at least three cattle colonies. The proposed colonies will have all amenities like running dairy farms, including availability of cattle feed, sheds, milk collection centres and more.

A source in the GDA said the colonies were tentatively proposed to be set up on Loni Road, Meerut Road and Hapur Road. The panel will scout for plots of 25-30-acre area at cheap rates.Ishtiaq Ahmed, GDA’s chief architect and town planner, told TOI. “The concept of cattle colonies is based on infrastructure development of the city.

Cattle sheds and dairy farms randomly set up across the city lead to congestion and poor sanitation. The cost of developing these colonies can be decided only after the sites are selected, and will depend on the circle rates of the area,” Ahmed said.

Officials said, the state government had issued an order in June 1998 for development agencies across the state to build cattle colonies and shift existing dairy farm owners there. The zoning regulations of Master Plan 2021 of GDA also contain provisions for setting up cattle farms, animal husbandry centres and dairy farms in the city.