SAS Nagar civic body not to release impounded cattle
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.