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Stray animals rule roads in Ferozepur

Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar , Hindustan Times  Ferozepur, November 17, 2013
First Published: 23:21 IST(17/11/2013) | Last Updated: 23:22 IST(17/11/2013)

The problem of stray cattle in the city is putting lives of residents a t risk, ye nobody seems to be bothered and no concrete steps have been taken to tackle the problem.

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The most common response of authorities to the problem is helplessness and a sense of resignation, even as we need innovative solutions to tackle the menace.

The stray cattle not only end up blocking the traffic, but one of the most common and dangerous sights on the city's roads these days is the spectacle of two bulls fighting amongst each other.
On an average, at least one resident is injured a day and most of these injuries can be debilitating and can take a long time to heal.

Commuters on two-wheelers are especially at risk as they struggle to negotiate the bumpy roads as well as the erratic moods of these animals. The local administration deploys the only solution it finds feasible, catching the cattle and putting into a pound. However, the animal is back again on the street after a few days.

QUOTES

"During elections, all politicians claim to provide world-class civic amenities, a promise that now sounds hollow and over-rated. It is ridiculous that animals can kill people on streets.  Is this the value of life? When will somebody in authority wake up and take measures to ensure that such a basic issue is resolved, before we talk of emerging as a superpower," said SN Rudra, an educationist.

"The increasing number of stray cattle in the area and other parts of state is a major cause of concern. The state government must act at the earliest," said Shalinder Bhalla, an advocate.

"The situation needs urgent attention. We need a solution and deaths due to stray animals are simply not acceptable. We need a solution immediately," Harsh Arora, a local businessman.

AUTHORITY

"In two phases more than two hundred cattle has been seized taken to local cattle pond by expert catchers and now again the same team would be put on the job to catch stray cattle," said deputy commissioner Manjit Singh Narang.

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