In an attempt to curb the stray cattle menace in the city, the district administration and the SAS Nagar Municipal Corporation has decided to set up a new cowshed in the city soon.
Officials from the district administration said they were currently deciding on where the shed must be set up. Meanwhile, as an interim measure, the municipal corporation is already setting up a small shed with a capacity to house at least 300 bovines.
Municipal commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta said, "We are in talks with the district administration and will be allotted land to set up the shed."
The city's cattle trouble has now become more than a mere nuisance: it has become hazardous, with stray livestock leading to road accidents in the city. The civic body has been grappling with the problem following a manifold increase in the city's livestock population.
The municipal corporation now says it has no space to accommodate captured cattle. The city's only cowshed is already teeming with stray bovines: while it has a capacity of 650, it currently houses 800 captured cattle, while 3,000 more are still running amok in the city, according to a recent survey.
The municipal corporation's drives to capture these animals have also yielded no results. On the contrary, battling the problem has become an expensive affair: last year the civic body had spent a whopping Rs 30 lakh only on feeding these captured bovines, of which it barely recovered Rs 2.5 lakh as penalty from 137 livestock-owners last year for letting their cattle run wild. Unable to do much about the problem, the civic body's drives have become almost negligible.
For complaints about stray cattle in SAS Nagar, call 0172-503-4907
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