JAIPUR: Cow safari project Hingonia Gaushala that was conceived during the previous BJP government is likely to be inaugurated by chief minister Ashok Gehlot before the implementation of model code of conduct ahead of the Lok Sabha elections this year. 

Akshaya Patra Foundation, which is looking after the operation and maintenance of the Gaushala, is planning to approach Gehlot to seek appointment for inauguration as project is on verge of completion. A source at Gaushala said, “Attempts are being made to invite chief minister Ashok Gehlot to inaugurate the project. We are in touch with the chief minister’s office. The inauguration is likely to happen after receiving the nod.” 

As per the plan, the safari on the outskirts of Jaipur will allow people to spend time among its nearly 15,000 cows. Visitors will be able to watch the cows graze in the open land, feed them, clean them, massage them and milk them while temporarily residing at the state-run cow rehabilitation centre. The safari includes climb-up machan (tree house) huts on trees where visitors can stay. 

The safari will take people on bullock carts through the muddy terrain and water bodies of the forest area where the Hingonia Gaushala is located. 

Visitors will be able to engage with 30 breeds of desi cows like Tharparkar, Rendi, Gir, Kankrej, Red Sindhi, Rathi, etc. It would be an educational safari for visitors who will be informed about native cow breeds and their characteristics. Those interested will also be allowed to adopt a cow at the shelter . 

“We have already procured breeds of 15 different cows under the project. Nearly 80% of the infrastructure work has been completed. To start with. only one machan will be constructed,” said the source. 

This unique project is being developed as a tourism project was part of the foundation’s memorandum of understanding with the state government. 

“The administration will develop huts on trees and a wall around the forest area. While the cow safari will be free for visitors, tariff will be fixed for staying in the machan huts overnight,” added the source. 

Source: The Times of India            Dated: Jan 16, 2019,