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Stray cattle menace in Patiala: Animal husbandry dept to catch, shift animals in a week

The district administration has eventually come out of its slumber and is all set to tackle the stray animal menace in city. The administration has decided to send more than 180 stray cattle to newly-constructed government cattle ponds (gaushala) at Gaijipur village near Samana, 25km from here.

punjab Updated: Apr 22, 2017 13:45 IST
HT Correspondent
Stray cattle
Stray cattle are a common site on Patiala roads.(Bharat Bhushan/HT Photo)

The district administration has eventually come out of its slumber and is all set to tackle the stray animal menace in city. The administration has decided to send more than 180 stray cattle to newly-constructed government cattle ponds (gaushala) at Gaijipur village near Samana, 25km from here.

Deputy commissioner Kumar Amit said that the animal husbandry department has been assigned this task and strict directions have been issued to catch and shift these animals to the assigned locations within one week.

“The decision was taken for the safety of commuters so as to curb road accidents on the city roads,” the DC said.

Meanwhile, he has also directed the Patiala municipal corporation commissioner, Gurpal Singh Chahal, to provide funds collected as cow cess to the animal husbandry department for feeding and other expenses of the cattle.

Deputy director of animal husbandry department, HM Walia, said that the cattle ponds have been properly cordoned off so that the animals cannot destroy the crop being cultivated in the peripheral fields.

The district administration had constructed cattle pond in 21 acre panchayat land at Gajjipur village, which has become a house for more than 1,000 cattle.

Meanwhile, the department of animal husbandry looks after health care, vaccination and other arrangements for the stray animals, while the forest department has been making arrangements for plantation of shrubs.

The menace of stray cattle in the city had turned into a nightmare for residents in view of the rising number of accidents caused by them. Though gaushalas have already been constructed to give shelter to stray cows, bulls are the ones creating nuisance on national and state highways.

The administration has not taken any step to control the population of stray animals. And due to the absence of caretakers of these animals, stray animals, especially bulls, have occupied the national highways and other city roads.