CUTTACK: The Orissa high court has directed the central government to come up with a time-bound plan to shift the Central Poultry Development Organization (CPDO), eastern region, at Nayapalli in Bhubaneswar.
The HC issued the direction on a PIL for relocation of the poultry breeding farm located in the heart of the capital city as it was posing a threat to the environment. Laxman Kumar Behera, a resident of the city, filed the petition.
The court found that it was not clear from the affidavits filed by departments concerned whether any steps in fact have been taken in the last five years to shift the poultry breeding farm to another location.
Accordingly, the two-judge bench of Chief Justice S Muralidhar and Justice S K Panigrahi said, “The secretary to Government of India’s department of animal husbandry and dairying under the ministry of fisheries, animal husbandry & dairying is directed to convene a meeting in the next two weeks, which will be attended by the chairman and secretary of the State Pollution Control Board, state department of forest and environment as well as the director, CPDO, to chalk out a time-bound plan for shifting of the CPDO to a location that has already been identified.”
The bench sought an affidavit placing on record the minutes of those proceedings within three weeks and posted the matter to November 17 for further consideration.
According to official records, the CPDO will be shifted from Nayapalli to Barang in Cuttack. After the central government gave its nod to the state government’s proposal for relocating the poultry breeding farm, 25 acres of land was identified at Talagada near Barang and land acquisition was completed.
A sum of Rs 12 crore has been estimated for the construction of the CPDO facility with sheds, offices, and boundary walls. But there has been no tangible progress to shift the poultry breeding farm out of Bhubaneswar.….click here to read the full news