Tribune News Service
Bathinda, November 18
The ill-preparedness of the Municipal Corporation has come to the fore once again as in the absence of a proper mechanism for animal carcass disposal, sanitary employees tried to burry a dead stray cow in the residential area of Basant Vihar in North Estate here today. It is only after area residents opposed, MC staff, who had dug up a hole using a JCB machine, stopped midway, but left behind animal carcass lying unattended.
Residents said that after a stray cow died in the morning, they intimated the MC. Later, sanitary workers reached the location following which the drama unfolded. They said the plot in which the animal was about to be buried belonged to a person. The MC can’t use a private property, they said.
Talking to Bathinda Tribune, Vitull Gupta, whose hospital is situated in the area, said, “We contacted the concerned sanitary official and brought to his notice regarding MC staff’s attempt to bury carcass in the residential area. Surprisingly, he expressed his inability to do much and gave a lame excuse that it was a common practice followed by them.”
Area resident BL Arora said, “Burying carcass in residential area is simply not acceptable for simple reasons. There is possibility of dogs digging up the burial spot. The area will be enveloped by foul smell and it may result in diseases.”
Suman Kumar, Sanitary Inspector, MC, said, “Post implementation of the GST (on leather), no contractor has been showing interest in lifting dead animals from the city. Earlier, contractors used to get animal bodies lifted and transported to ‘hadda rodi’ (dumpyard for carcass). Now, wherever any animal dies, our workers see a place fit for dumping and then bury it. We are helpless. Since, area residents refused to allow our staff to bury carcass, workers were left with no choice but to return without burying the dead animal.”
Mayor Balwant Rai Nath could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.
Sources said that in the absence of a designated place for dumping carcasses, apart from dumping them in the city areas, dead animals are also being dumped near national and state highways thereby not only posing inconvenience to commuters but also triggering a fear of epidemic in the district.
A large number of carcasses can be spotted strewn along the Bathinda-Muktsar highway, Bathinda-Faridkot road, Bathinda-Barnala road, state highways and peripheries of the city. Dozens of stray animals roaming freely around highways are getting injured after being hit by vehicles and succumb to their injuries after not getting treatment. The carcasses then are disposed of along the highways. As a result, these areas start stinking profusely causing inconvenience to commuters.
Sources added that there are restrictions of making a carcass dumping zone in 20 km periphery of Bathinda Air Force station as birds flying around these areas may cause disturbance. Members of Shree Gaushala said they had brought the matter to the notice of the district administration but nothing concrete had been done till now.
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