While the landscape has transformed from barren hills and lush green fields to thickly populated colonies in Pahadishareef area of Ranga Reddy district, not much has changed when it comes to the facilities in the area, be it for domesticated animals or humans.
Colonies inhabited by the economically-lower classes are present in abundant numbers here — a small cluster of houses forming a basti. Characteristic of such places are herds of goats and flocks of poultry.
The Rural Livestock Unit at Pahadishareef on the outskirts of the city continues to be in a primitive form. Functioning from a two-room dilapidated structure, this small dispensary, managed by a JVO and a helper, hardly finds any takers even though many in these areas rear cattle, goats and poultry to supplement their family income.
“We treat around 20 to 25 cases each day and refer any major problem to the Saroornagar Veterinary Hospital (some 7 km away) for treatment,” says the JVO M. Sridhar. Though the hospital staff manning the post seem to be content with its functioning, locals point out many drawbacks.
The facility lacks proper compound in the first case. An open compound without any boundary wall often sees big cattle running out on the road while undergoing treatment. Moreover, it lacks any source of water, a must for a veterinary hospital and medicines are also out of stock.
In absence of proper facilities, the locals are forced to approach the Chandrayangutta hospital some 4 km away from the place. “It is a full-fledged hospital with many doctors and supporting staff,” says Aashwaqullah, who rears goats to supplement his income, about the Chandrayangutta hospital. Considering the growing population, locals feel the livestock unit should be upgraded into a full-fledged hospital. “There is a need for a bigger hospital. The present ill-equipped facility is inadequate to properly treat the animals,” says Mushtaq, a dairy farm owner.
ASIF YAR KHAN
The livestock unit at Pahadishareef lacks proper facilities and functions from a dilapidated structure