SAS Na­gar civic body not to re­lease im­pounded cat­tle

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SAS NA­GAR: With the in­creas­ing com­plaints of grow­ing bovine men­ace in the city, the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion fi­nally wakes up from the slum­ber and launches an­other drive to catch stray cat­tle.

Now, the MC will not re­lease the cat­tle im­pounded by its staff.

Even as the MC em­ploy­ees on Fri­day caught about 50 cat­tle roam­ing on the city streets, but the larger prob­lem which needs to be ad­dressed is the fact that res­i­dents who rear cat­tle leave them free to graze. Thus, the men­ace has in­creased man­i­fold as the own­ers pay a mi­nor penalty of Rs 1,000 per an­i­mal and take back the cat­tle.

Cat­tle can be seen on roads pos­ing threat to com­muters driv­ing late in the night and even in parks, but the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion au­thor­i­ties seem to be fail­ing to curb the men­ace. The prob­lem is more acute in the de­vel­op­ing sec­tors and in ar­eas close to vil­lages where res­i­dents rear the cat­tle.

“The res­i­dents rear­ing cat­tle for milk in vil­lages such as Mat­uar, Shahi­ma­jra, Mo­hali vil­lage, Ja­gat­pura leave the cat­tle to roam free so that they can graze and come home. There are about 400 such an­i­mals who are be­ing reared and left to roam freely by the own­ers. The cat­tle then roam on the streets caus­ing traf­fic bot­tle­neck as well as threat to the com­muters spe­cially two-wheeler driv­ers,” said an MC of­fi­cial while talk­ing about why the bovine men­ace goes unchecked.

“You see herd of cows and buf­faloes roam­ing on the streets. The other day my child had gone to the nearby mar­ket to get some gro­cery items when a cow snatched away a packet of bis­cuit she was car­ry­ing. The child got scared and in or­der to save her­self from the cow fell and got injured,” rued Sukhwinder Kaur, a res­i­dent of Phase 1.

“Driv­ing on the road has be­come so dif­fi­cult. Many a times I have injured my­self af­ter los­ing con­trol over my mo­tor­cy­cle while driv­ing on the road with cows and buf­faloes sit­ting on them,” said Ritesh Sharma, a res­i­dent of Sec­tor 70.

“We had been re­ceiv­ing com­plaints about the grow­ing men­ace of stray cat­tle. Own­ers of the cat­tle leave them free to roam on the roads, so to check the prac­tice we have de­cided that no cat­tle im­pounded by the MC staff will be re­leased,” said Varun Roo­jam, deputy com­mis­sioner SAS Na­gar, who is also hold­ing the charge of com­mis­sioner, MC, SAS Na­gar.

He said, “The MC of­fi­cials have been di­rected to deal strictly with peo­ple whose cat­tle are im­pounded roam­ing on the streets.”


MC staff im­pound­ing stray cat­tle in SAS Na­gar.

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