Stray animals cause 10% accidents on Bhopal roads

BHOPAL: Stray animals are reportedly increasing number of traffic-related emergencies and measures adopted by administration to tackle the issue failed to impress city residents.

In the recent past, stray animals hitting vehicles resulted in deaths too. But there is no concrete data on such accidents. Medicos list these incidents as road traffic accident (RTA). Going by their accounts, about 10% of RTAs are being attributed to stray animals hitting vehicles.

 The animals too suffer fatal injuries in the accidents. Animal husbandry department records no more than 20 post-mortem cases annually. Insiders admit, police and BMC are not keen to report these incidents.
As per BMC norms, if stray cattle are found on streets, the cattle is impounded and kept for eight days. A fine of Rs 220 per day and for Rs 40 per day can be slapped on its owner. If the owner does not turn up, BMC sends it to a gaushala, said BMC official Vijay Tiwari.
However, three months after Information Network for Animal Productivity and Health identification (INAPH) was introduced in Bhopal, none of the cattle owners have been tracked.
Sources said that data sharing between BMC and the animal husbandry department has never taken place. When contacted, BMC officials and staffers on the ground were not aware of INAPH android application.

Date : 16-July-2018
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