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Authorities turn blind eye to stray cattle menace in Jalandhar

punjab Updated: Nov 26, 2015 00:15 IST
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Stray cattle at a garbage dump near BMC Chowk in Jalandhar on Wednesday. (Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

Though the city has been facing the stray cattle menace for long, the Municipal Corporation Jalandhar (MCJ) has no arrangements in place to tackle the situation.

The MCJ which is supposed to look after the stray cattle has been entirely dependent on couple of NGOs.

Authorities even do not have any data of the number of such animals in the city nor do they have the record of accidents that occur due to such animals.

Though the officials at the MCJ said that there might be around 150-200 stray cattle, organisations dealing with the stray cattle on the daily basis gave the numbers in thousands.

Sources have informed HT that the MCJ workers ask NGOs if they can keep the stray cattle under their custody as there is no cattle pound in the city.

On the other hand, two gaushalas running in the city are now refusing to take any stray cattle owing to no place.

“Our gaushala is overcrowded with cattle, we have no arrangements of making place for any other cattle,” said a member of Gaushala Pinjara Pol committee that runs gaushala at the Tanda road.

Workers have informed that there are around 650 cattle under them. On visiting the site, it was seen that the area surrounding the gaushala was very ill-maintained. Heaps of garbage, including plastic bags, were lying everywhere.

A file photo of stray cattle scouring the garbage in Jalandhar. (HT Photo)

Local shopkeepers in the area also informed that no one comes in the area to pick the garbage.

Meanwhile, the condition of Bulandpur Gaushala, which is also a branch office of the Tanda road Gushahala, is in bad condition.

The gaushala does not even have the proper arrangement for cattle in the winter season.

In addition to this, there is no proper source of funding. Though there are around 31 registered members of the Gaushala Pinjara Pol committee, only four to five members are regular with the funds. Other than this, the organisation is dependent on donation of volunteers which is also not fixed.

The NGO gets around `1 lakh from the MCJ on monthly basis for maintenance, but the members there informed that the funds are also not regular. The MCJ owes around `22 lakh to the gaushala currently.

The members informed that they also recently approached the deputy commissioner, Kamala Kishore Yadav, but they have still not received any redress.

“In April this year, the GS municipal commissioner assured us that he will look into the sewerage system and restructuring of the area but nothing has been done so far,” said a member of organisation on the condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, the animal helpline, the only animal shelter-cum-rehabilitation centre for animals in the city is also running without any support.

Chander Bhushan, general secretary of the organisation, informed that they have presently around 200 stray cattle and have been running independently.

He further said they are informed about at least two cases of stray animals getting injured on road almost on daily basis.

Few years ago, Chander Bhushan was also hit by a bull on the road because of which he was not able to walk for an year.

Facts

1. Number of stray cattle in city: Over 2,000

2. Number of cattle-related accident reported daily: 2

3. Number of gaushalas in city: 2

4. Cattle in both gaushalas: 1,400

5. Animal shelter home: 1