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Micro chips to track stray cattles

Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) authorities have adopted a high-tech solution to tackle the problem of stray cattle on the city's roads. The move comes in the wake of a proposal sent by the Centre in this connection.

india Updated: Feb 25, 2006 00:35 IST

Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) authorities have adopted a high-tech solution to tackle the problem of stray cattle on the city's roads. The move comes in the wake of a proposal sent by the Centre in this connection.

According to LMC officials, a specially designed microchip placed in the abdomen, some say in the stomach of the animals, would now help them in identifying stray cows, buffaloes and dogs and enable them to fine their owners.

“Each chip would have its own unique identity number and it would be read with the help of a special computer scanner to track the movement of the bovines,” said officiating LMC commissioner Santosh Kumar. He said the chip would also contain the detail of the cattle owner who would be fined if he allows his/her animals to stray. Besides, with the help of the new system the corporation would also be able to ensure that no illegal dairies are being run in the State capital. Experts familiar with the technique said the microchip need not necessary be implanted in the body of the animal. “It can be fed orally to the cattle,” said a veterinary expert.

Here it is pertinent to mention that municipal corporations in New Delhi Municipal Corporation and some other States have already put a similar arrangement into place. “We too were asked by the Central Government to submit a proposal, which is now being sent to it” said another official adding that the Centre had promised financial assistance under the scheme. Kumar said that work on the project would commence the moment they receive the Centre's nod.

The LMC has already received Rs 10 lakh grant for sterilisation of street dogs from the Centre. “Work on the sterilisation of street dogs would commence in the second week of March,” he said and added that the corporation would get last year's expenditure in this connection verified.

Meanwhile, the LMC has called in a special cattle-catching team from Kanpur for its drive against pigs in the State capital. Kumar said the pig population in the city had risen considerably and this was matter of concern for the authorities.

“We have invited tenders from two firms and the drive would commence soon,” he said.

First Published: Feb 25, 2006 00:35 IST