Chew on this — the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) will spend close to Rs four lakh to install microchips inside the stomachs of bulls bunking duty.
Earlier the civic body had successfully brought down absenteeism among its employees by installing biometric machines at Town Hall, the civic body headquarters.
MCD commissioner KS Mehra floated the micro-chipping idea for the bovines on Wednesday.
The MCD hires 883 carts, each pulled by a bull, on 89-day contracts in East Delhi’s Shahdara south and north zones. These carts are used to ferry silt and garbage to landfill sites. Recently, there has been a rise in the number of complaints about cart owners playing truant despite pocketing Rs 175 every time they visited a site.
The MCD standing committee met on Wednesday to address the issue.
One councillor even suggested a bull race from Delhi to Ghaziabad to resolve the problem. “We don’t even know whether the 883 bulls on MCD rolls are actually there. Let us organise a race for a fresh horn-count,” Paharganj councillor Sunil Kakkar had said.
However, the commissioner’s suggestion of micro-chipping the bulls finally prevailed. “Micro chipping the animals is the only way to find out whether the owners are actually taking the bullock cart to the work site or not. Action will be taken against those evading work,” he said.
The chip would contain exhaustive details on the animal, its owner and would use global positioning system technology to trace the bull’s whereabouts.