That is the title of the Pioneer report about the
latest court order in the Common-Cause PIL against
stray cattle. Seems to be for community-participation
in banishing bovines, with incentive-recovery through
auctioning stray cows - to whom and for what, I

By orders in this PIL, in May 2004 our MCD
Commissioner, already milking farmhouses-party-menace,
began auctioning city buffaloes in neighbouring states
and donating city cows to a trust in Mt Abu
purportedly to solve stray-cattle-menace.  A month
into this peculiar drive, I had posted a chronicle,
also to point out DMP sane solution to both menaces,
viz, relocating bovines to farms.

On 04/08/04, in court waiting for a matter-to-reach, I
was stunned to hear that over 18 thousand of 23
thousand cattle deported in 18 months in Common-Cause
had died. There was no reference to the cow-donations
or buffalo-auctions and I had found that strange.
Stray-cow auctions sound even stranger.

The orders are available at
The petition number is WP (C) 3791 of 2000. Amidst
every-other-day news to fret about possibilities of
offending sensibilities, I hope someone who
understands these things will take a look, especially
at the orders of 04/08/04 and 08/09/04.

On the plannerly case, I have no doubts. The
farmhouse-misuse-milking policy was quashed last month
in other PIL and in our case against unplanned and
illegal schemes in farmhouse-zone also pleadings were
closed on 03/08/05. The Common-Cause property is
certainly misuse case. The following is translation of
the draft of the response to DMP2021 Public Notice
response from Masudpur Dairy that friends in Masudpur
showed me. There was some anxiety about filing, but I
was told that even if the Dairy people decide not to,
people from the village would include in their

The 1962 Master Plan provided for uses like dairies in
Rural Area and urban villages. It did not allow city
expansion south of JNU for water constraint.
Government made a dairy near Masudpur here.

Then Vasant Kunj came up in Rural Area and in it a
plot for other-community-facility was allotted to NGO
Common-Cause of HD Shourie, who has lately passed
away, which has built there a multi-storied building
in which it occupies a small portion and rest is
rented out. The plot for other-community-facility near
Masudpur Dairy has been allotted to a college and
Vasant Kunj flat residents want a club on another
other-community-facility plot.

Now Common-Cause is not a local community facility,
but is occupying a plot (close to where Vasant Kunj
Malls are being made) that college or club could
occupy, while those are running in J-Zone Rural Area -
where dairies could be.

Some examples are: clubs / wedding-places in name of
farmhouses (from which MCD is milking misuse-charge),
illegal Delhi government specialty hospital (under
construction with illegal boring) and amidst them a
builder college by name of TVB (whose director AGK
Menon is chairman of Plan 2021 sub-group for
conservation and urban renewal).

That such uses are wholly illegal in Rural Area has
been clearly settled by the Court in the order of 2002
for stopping and inquiry of Sultangarhi scheme. That
case, or current case against Malls and other J-Zone
schemes in violation of Master Plan, was not filed by
Common-Cause, but by local citizens. The Common-Cause
contemporary of such cases is its case against
stray-cattle in name of which MCD is closing dairies
and auctioning buffaloes and Delhi Government is
making some little space for them in Ghogha in Narela,
while the likes of AGK Menon have pushed into Plan
2021 proposals for Sultangarhi scheme and nearest
urban extension in ground-water critical J-Zone and,
in return, MLAs have recommended regularisaion of
colleges running in Rural Area. Such bhagidaari of
sophisticates would not be moved even if buffaloes
were to play bin before it [idiom, in reverse].

Masudpur Dairy, of course, is authorised. Like Plan
2001, draft Plan 2021 landuse plan also shows it
amidst the yellow of Vasant Kunj in white, like a
barfi. But barfi cut in [babugiri] can do nothing
about bitterness spread against dairies. When Masudpur
Dairy was made, the area was Rural Area. Afterwards
Vasant Kunj came up and to date does not have proper
sewerage outfall. Even before the Common-Cause PIL,
RWAs have been fuss-making about sewerage from the
Dairy and more fuss-making about some in it leaving
and renting their plots. All seem to have forgotten
that the Dairy was here first and legally and Vasant
Kunj came up later and illegally. A civilized solution
might have been to shift the Dairy to south of Vasant
Kunj, but those who have occupied that farmland or the
likes of Common-Cause that have occupied plots that
those could have occupied obviously found it easy to
malign buffaloes to be able to maintain their status

This year, with earth removed from Vasant Kunj Malls
site being dumped into the natural drain that flows
towards RK Puram, rainwater back-flowed and filled in
the Dairy. If we were to think what is the point
telling, all will say good-the-buffaloes-drowned, how
would you know that if it rains harder JNU might get
flooded? The letter sent by Masudpur village social
worker about the water-logging is enclosed.

Now Plan 2021 proposes for appurtenant Rural Area
urban extension and for urban villages redevelopment.
The only reference to Dairies that we have been able
to locate in it is by way of service shop, only in
urban villages.

We would like to suggest that urban agriculture
inclusive of dairying is a sensible land use and
provision should be made for it. But, after what
Shouri saab has done before going, anything said in
favour of buffaloes might seem like [idiom,
kaala-akshar-bhains-baraabar]. As such, it is also
suggested that, at the least, against the names of all
the authors of Plan 2021, their Plan violations also
be published.