I have seen so many cows roaming the streets of Mumbai. When people from foreign countries see cows roaming on our streets, it is not good.'
Dr Ram Barot, a Bharatiya Janata Party councillor in Mumbai, helmed a bill that was passed in the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation last week, permitting six gaushalas (cow shelters) in Mumbai.
Mumbai, where every square foot is treasured, will allocate 6 lakh -- that is right, 600,000 -- square feet for these gaushalas.
How did the idea for cow sheds in Mumbai come to you?
I am a councillor for the last 25 years. This is my fifth term. I have seen cows roaming on the roads and eating plastic. The cows then get sick and die. This is for animal love.
We stopped horse-drawn carriages in Mumbai. We don't kill dogs in Mumbai. Therefore, I felt if I ask for six guashalas, then at least I will get two approved.
How many places do you want gaushalas in Mumbai?
I have asked for six places in Mumbai. About 10,000 square metres (600,000 square feet).
But the bill has been passed. You got an okay for all six places.
Yes. Now this bill will go to Mumbai Commissioner Ajay Mehta. He will put a remark whether he is giving these places or not.
Do you know how many cows are abandoned and roaming the streets of Mumbai?
There are thousands. In my area (Malad, northwest Mumbai) I have seen so many cows. Some people are exploiting these cows commercially by keeping them in front of temples. These things should stop.
If you give these cows to NGOs, they will sell milk and the gaushalas will be maintained.
I have seen so many cows roaming the streets of Mumbai. When people from foreign countries see cows roaming on our streets, it is not good.
Don't you think you are caging cows?
No. They will get food on time. They will be washed and live hygienically