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Stray cattle, encroachment turn city roads into obstacle course

Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar , Hindustan Times  Ferozepur, October 06, 2013
First Published: 20:47 IST(6/10/2013) | Last Updated: 20:48 IST(6/10/2013)

Presence of stray cattle, encroachment and installation of electric poles on roads have become a cause of concern for the residents of Jalalabad, the home assembly segment of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal, in Fazilka district.

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While stray cattle, abandoned by their owners when they stopped giving milk, cause numerous accidents and traffic jams, besides creating disturbances in the markets, no measures have been taken to resolve this problem till date.

Besides, electric poles have been installed on almost all city roads, and many banks have set up generator sets on the roadside, hindering smooth flow of traffic and leading to scarcity of parking space.

Resident speak

Whenever we seek a permanent solution to the problem of cattle menace, it turns into a religious and political debate, preventing any action
Surinder Goyal, social activist

Despite high casualty rate in accidents caused by stray animals, nothing has been done, while unchecked encroachment has worsened the condition of the roads
GK Jindal, former president, Jalalabad Bar Association

Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal had issued directions to remove electric poles from roads and declared a `10-crore grant for underground electrification, but nothing has been done
Madal Lal, resident

Public should be involved in resolving the stray animal problem, and funds should be collected at the local level, if needed
Subhash Aggarwal, former president, Jalalabad Market Committee

Municipal authorities and policemen should keep a joint check on stray cattle and encroachment on roads
Vivek Watts, businessman

The cattle pound is packed to capacity. I asked the bank authorities to remove the gen sets. Notices will be issued to defaulters and encroachers
Paramjit Singh, sub-divisional magistrate, also municipal administrator

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