Tribune News Service
Patiala, November 8
With the nights getting longer, stray cattle roaming on roads have commuters worried. Wary of accidents involving cattle that occur due to low visibility, residents say the civic body should find a proper solution to the menace. MC Joint Commissioner Lal Vishwas said they would begin a drive in this regard.
A number of accidents have occurred in the city due to the stray cattle menace. The local Municipal Corporation had taken some steps, including catching and transporting animals left by owners on the road. The MC also adopted bylaws of the Local Government Department regarding control of stray animals and compensation to victims of animal attack.
Recalling an accident that occurred on the Patiala-Nabha road last year, Vinod Kumar, who lives near Majithia Enclave, said, “Road accidents due to stray animals are a cause of worry and pose a danger to the lives of commuters. The Animal Husbandry Department and the MC should ensure that animals are not left on roads.”
Sources in the MC said some stray animals were left to fend for themselves on roads even by those running cow sheds. “They leave them on the road in the day and take them when they have to be milked,” the sources said.
A cyclist riding near the Polo Ground said, “Two bulls entered into a fight while I was riding on the road early this morning. They were even tagged and could have caused an accident, but fortunately no one else was there.”
The MC Joint Commissioner said, “We have recently hired a team to catch cattle and will start a drive soon. A number of activists have joined us for the cause. We will begin the drive along with the Animal Husbandry Department soon.”
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