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Municipal corporation efforts to provide shelter fail, stray cows roam on roads

punjab Updated: May 10, 2015 23:20 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustantimes.com
Patiala

A large number of stray cows and bulls continue to roam the streets in the city, proving a grave threat to the life and limb of the residents, especially commuters, and the municipal corporation's efforts to tackle the menace is yet to bear fruit.

On its part, corporation officials claim the residents of villages around the city tend to abandon their stray cattle on the streets and thus there never seemed any perceptible change in the number of animals on the street.

Still, the corporation claims to have finalised a location for stray cows and is constructing a new cow shelter (Gaushala) over three acres. The capacity of the old shelter is also being increased.

However, even as these measures are afoot, stray animals, especially bulls, are a very grave threat to commuters, even on the national highway. There is a fear and dread among residents that they could meet with a fatal accident any time due to the presence of the animals as they move suddenly.

The problem of the stray animals is acute in Model Town, Gian Colony, Sewak Colony, TB Hospital Road, Bus Stand Road, Passey Road, Sherawala Gate, Chhoti Baradari, Anardana Chowk, Safabade Gate, Arya Samaj and Sabzi Mandi.

"Two-wheeler riders need to thank their luck everyday as we are simply fortunate to survive through roads that are full of animals besides heavy traffic. The problem needs to be tackled on a war-footing," said Ramandeep Singh, a resident of Passi Road.

Mayor Amrinder Bajaj said the process of shifting stray cows and bulls had been started and employees had been specifically deputed to shift cattle from the roads to the cow shelters.

"People from villages abandon their stray cattle in the city and thus urban areas continue to suffer. All sections of the society need to behave in a responsible manner. The corporation has been doing its best and a large number of cattle has been shifted to cow shelters."

Problem is acute in

The problem of the stray animals is acute in Model Town, Gian Colony, Sewak Colony, TB Hospital Road, Bus Stand Road, Passey Road, Sherawala Gate, Chhoti Baradari, Anardana Chowk, Safabade Gate, Arya Samaj and Sabzi Mandi

Two-wheeler riders need to thank their luck everyday as we are simply fortunate to survive through roads that are full of animals besides heavy traffic. The problem needs to be tackled on a war-footing.

Ramandeep Singh, a resident of Passi Road

People from villages abandon their stray cattle in the city. The corporation has been doing its best and a large number of cattle has been shifted to cow shelters.

Amrinder Bajaj, Patiala mayor