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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Water crisis for roaming cattle in Ranchi

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Days have gone when Ranchi, now the capital city of Jharkhand -the new state of India had a number of ponds and other water bodies to quench the thirst of birds and cattle and to balance the local ecosystems. The city is now emerging as just a jungle of concrete. With the greed of erecting more and more apartments on the plateau land without the thought of availability of water in future, least percolation of rain water is allowed and wells and hand water pumps start drying since February or March months every year.

The soapy and detergent containing water that comes out of houses either flows through choaked drains or on roads. So far, no proper drainage system could have been developed and anyone can smell the stinking gas coming up due to degradation of waste in from a choaked drain. Waste water from many hotels has no channels to move due to which it flows on the road in many parts of the city.

Some good colonies in the urban area do have drains without destinations, but the platue land has lost the capacity of allowing any drop of water underground due to siltation. Thus the poisonous water stays for longer periods till it is evaporated and so it helps in the degradation of waste materials dumped into them due to usual habit of inhabitants.

Most of the cattle owners don't have properly built cattle sheds and allow their cows and buffaloes to roam in the streets and on roads in search of food leftovers as grass can not be available anywhere except in the parks where they can not be allowed to graze. It appears that the municipal corporation does not have any legal arrangement to activate such cattle owners to take care of their cattle.Cows roaming in the city streets are bound to drink intoxicated water dripping out of domestic drains as no water is available for them.

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Milk sellers keep their buffaloes and cows on the government land near important places of the city like Morabadi ground, and Ratu road side and sell milk intoxicated with oxytosin, the hormone that they cruelly inject in the mammary glands of cows and buffaloes who have lost their offspring due to some disease or malnutrition. In spite of a number of Khatals and dairies spread in the core zones of the city, it is very hard to find pure milk. Don't try to take tea unless you know about a reliable tea-stall or you may be caught by gastroenteritis or similar disease. Even pure sweets are hard to find.

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Cows are bound to drink detergent- mixed or sewage mixed water intoxicated by domestic use. The Kanke water reservoir which is meant for the municipal water supply in major parts of the city is destination of a number of sewers and in spite of a number of complaints through media reports, no proper care and attention could ever be paid by concerned authorities.

People of the city tend to enjoy all the festivals and probably no festival except Surya Shashti and some others goes on without mass killing of poultry, goats and some other animals. As per the modern trends nearly every family tends to go on picnic on the occasions of New Year or the end of the year and any picnic without meat- eating is meaning less. Human amusement on such occasions means deaths of millions of birds and animals. What are purchased from the markets on this time are birds( hens, cocks, ducks, goats and even pigeons), and liquor. Most of the picnic spots located in natural settings are dumped with broken wings, bones and left overs to make these places stinking for weeks.Thus new year starts with mass killing of innocent animals and squandering on liquor. Humans(so called) celebrate new year at the cost of deaths of millions of animals, and immense pollutions of natural places. But who cares. No celebration usually ends without mass killing and drinking. All these are symbols of modern and advanced life styles where we have nothing to offer to starving poor but everything to spend on our pleasure and amusement.

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