In a bid to deal with problems of stray animals, the district administration has decided to construct cattle ponds in each sub-division of the district.
Deputy commissioner (DC) Varun Roojam has instructed all sub-divisional magistrates in the district to identify 25-acre land each in their respective areas for the construction of cattle ponds.
However, on the instructions of the Punjab government, a district-level cattle welfare committee has been formed to oversee the construction and management of these ponds.
Roojam said these cattle ponds would be home to more than 2,000 stray cattle across the district.
The DC will head the committee, while additional deputy commissioner will be the secretary. Besides, the panel will include representatives from municipal corporation and council, senior superintendent of police (SSP), district development and panchayat officer, deputy director, dairy development, deputy director, animal husbandry, district forest officer and all SDMs.
The state government will nominate members from amongst animal welfare activists and non-governmental organisations who were working for rehabilitation of cows and giving them medical treatment.
"The society will contribute to the infrastructure for all cattle ponds including construction. The cattle fair fund society of the department of rural development will provide grant-in-aid and the rest will be mobilised by the society," he said.
The department of animal husbandry would look after the healthcare, vaccination and other arrangements of stray animals, while the forest department would take care of plantation of shrubs, Roojam said.
"It is the need of hour to deal with stray animals as they are one of the main reasons of road accidents in the district," he added.