Mangaluru: Dakshina Kannada district has decided to set up livestock shelters. It is proposed that the district set up Taluk level Gaushalas (livestock shelters) which would be run in high income temples in the district.
Animal rights activists are calling for shelters for stray cattle and animals seized from cattle traffickers. People who cannot afford to care for their livestock can also leave them in these shelters.
A district level Gaushala is being set up in Koyla village on a 10 acre plot. The government has released Rs 36 lakh for this purpose. In addition to this, the district administration is also planning to seek help from high-income temples in the district to set up Taluk-level Gaushalas.
“In the first phase, the famous temples of Kukke Sri Subrahmanya Temple, Kateel Durgaparameshwari Temple, Polali Sri Rajarajeshwari Temple, Puttur Sri Mahalingeshwara Temple and Sauthadka Shri Mahaganapathi Temples have been identified for the project,” the deputy said. Dakshina Kannada District Commissioner, Dr. Rajendra. said KV.
Most of these temples already have small Gaushalas. The proposal is to expand them and provide more infrastructure and land to develop them into Taluk level centers.
Temple administrations have also shown interest in the project.
Kukke Subrahmanya Temple, which leads in revenue among state endowment temples, offers nature-friendly Gaushala.
“Officials have had discussions with the temple in this regard and we are willing to implement the Taluk Gaushala level. We have asked for additional land,” Sriharinarayanadasa Asranna, hereditary archak of the Temple of Kateel, told the Deccan Chronicle.
Kateel Temple has already started a unique Kapila cattle breeding project.