Cow-ed down, MC fails to battle cattle
Stray animals continue to rule the roads in Patiala. Besides an increase in the number of accidents, the pace of traffic has been cowed down by the four-legged mammals that unflappably chew the cud in the middle of busy thoroughfares.punjab Updated: Jun 28, 2013 19:45 IST
Stray animals continue to rule the roads in Patiala. Besides an increase in the number of accidents, the pace of traffic has been cowed down by the four-legged mammals that unflappably chew the cud in the middle of busy thoroughfares.
Try to shoo them away and they take ages to move even an inch. It is enough to leave commuters moaning in despair.
However, even after witnessing this ardent routine for years now, the Municipal Corporation (MC) has failed to curb the menace.
Though the number of bovines has shot up over the years, the civic authorities haven't taken any practical step to deal with the menace.
Shiv Shankar Mishra, brother of Daya Shankar who was crushed to death in a tussle between two bulls at Qila Chowk here in 2002, said: “After the horrific incident, the court had directed the MC to give compensation and a job to my brother's family. But even after 11 years, the MC hasn't done anything in this regard, only reiterating their insensitive attitude.”
He said: “The civic authorities have even failed to learn a lesson. Nothing concrete has been done to control the cattle menace so far.”
Former municipal commissioner SK Ahluwalia said a piece of land near Ablowal village had been transferred in the name of the MC in 2007 in order to build a shelter home for stray animals. “But, even after years of laying the foundation stone, the land remains barren and unused,” he said.
Besides cattle blocking commuters' way, the dilapidated roads offer a bumpy ride. The trouble is grave in the interior localities of the city, including Qila Chowk, B-tank, Raghubir Nagar, Sewak Colony, Punjabi Bagh, Vikas Colony, Gurbask Colony and near educational institutes.
The narrow lanes in the old areas are full of stray cattle. Most of the space, which is insufficient for the commuters only, is occupied by the cattle, leading to accidents. Recently, an octogenarian, who was on a bicycle, fractured his leg when a bull hit him near B-tank area.
The authorities claim that lack of adequate resources and cattle-catching squad has aggravated the problem.
Jasguneet Kaur, a student of Bikram College, said: “The stray cattle menace is looming large in the city. Animals, including cattle, dogs and pigs, freely loiter on roads. Controlling this nuisance is the need of the hour.”
On being contacted, mayor Amaninder Bajaj preferred to take refuge in the contention that villagers from the surrounding areas scared the animals out to the city in order to protect their crop.