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To shelter stray cattle, Kapurthala MC mulls imposing cow cess

In a bid to curb stray cattle menace in the city, the Kapurthala municipal council has decided to provide shelter to the roaming cattle on the roads, and to do the same, the MC is thinking on imposing "cow cess" on various commodities and products bought by the people.

punjab Updated: Sep 20, 2015 22:50 IST
Parampreet Singh Narula
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In a bid to curb stray cattle menace in the city, the Kapurthala municipal council has decided to provide shelter to the roaming cattle on the roads, and to do the same, the MC is thinking on imposing "cow cess" on various commodities and products bought by the people.

As per the information, with the imposition of "cow cess", the MC can raise money for the welfare of these animals by sending them to gaushalas and shelter homes meant for stray cattle. However, the cess will be imposed only after seeking the public opinion.

The cess will be imposed on purchasing of various products. It has been learnt that `500 will be charged as cow cess on registration of four-wheelers, while `200 will be charged to a person for the registration of a two-wheeler vehicle.

The consumer has to shell out Rs 1,000 extra for booking of AC marriage hall and `500 for a non-AC hall in the form of cow cess. Moreover, the cess will be imposed of liquor, including `10 per bottle on foreign made liquor while `5 per bottle on country made liquor.

The cess will also be applicable on power consumption and a consumer will be charged `2 paisa per unit.

Officials claimed that the generation of funds by imposing of cow cess would not only provide shelter to the stray cattle, but would also help to decrease road accidents.

Adarsh Kumar Sharma, executive officer (EO), MC, Kapurthala said, "The authorities will keep a proposal to implement the imposition of cow cess in the house and if passed by the house, it would be implemented in the city."

"Public objections and suggestions will be demanded for any amendments or changes," he added.

Meanwhile, stray cattle have become a common sight in Kapurthala, as the cattle could be seen straying on almost every street, parks and main roads of the city. They could be found rummaging through the open garbage dumps or fighting with each other in various streets of city, including State Gurudwara Road, Jaloh Khana Chowk, Char Bati Chowk and Railway Road, causing problems for commuters.