Sirhind residents are battling with stray cattle menace as abandoned and unclaimed animals are roaming on the roads leading to disruption of traffic and even posing a serious threat to lives of people in certain cases.
Animals walking on main roads and dogs fighting have become a common sight in the city. Moreover, bulls locking horns in the middle of roads have been posing a serious threat to lives of passersby and commuters.
Residents say abandoned animals can be found looking for food in garbage heaps and scattering the garbage on roads.
Social worker Suresh Kumar said cow can be seen roaming around the roads as they are abandoned once they become unproductive.
“Cow is worshipped in our culture, so instead of letting them roam on roads, one should send them to Gaushalas (cow ranch), where they can be looked after properly.”
Residents say the administration should look at the problem on priority basis.
District traffic incharge Karnail Singh said that reflectors would be hanged on the neck of stray animals to make them visible at night and minimize accidents. He said special teams would be formed to look into the reasons for such accidents.
District collector Kamaldeep Singh Sangha said, “The administration has identified an 18 acre plot to construct a cattle pond especially for stray animals. The construction work for the pond has already started. Once the construction is complete, all the stray animals would be shifted there.”
However, the residents are of the view that the administration is making hoax promises and doing nothing to get rid of the menace. There are two cow ranches in the city, which are inadequate to keep all the animals. Infact both are in need of administrative and financial help.