Stray cattle take over Panchkula streets

PANCHKULA: Stray cattlehave become a major problem not only for the residents of Panchkula but also for the daily commuters here. Residents say that finding stray cattle inside the city is a normal spectacle, which they have been witnessing from several years.

According to the residents of the area horses, cows and buffaloes block roads for hours, which creates problem for people, especially children and old persons who get scared of being attacked. As of now, almost everyone remains on high alert to avoid any kind of mishappening due to them.

Civic bodies have informed the TOI that local villagers leave their pet horses, cows and buffaloes free in the day and take them back in the evening.

Welfare association members say that that besides attacking pedestrians, these animals enter gardens of the residents’ houses; destroy plants and defecate on the roads.

“Pet horses left by their owners block roads for hours and one cannot cross them alone as they could attack. They have also damaged my garden,” said Sumitra Devi, 73, a resident of sector 8.

“These stray cattle are also responsible for various minor accidents in the city,” said Amit Raheja, who is a resident of sector-14.

Meanwhile, RWA members said that despite several complaints to the municipal corporation (MC), no action has been taken by the officials.

The officials concerned, however, informed that they held a meeting with all the local dairy owners and respective heads of local villages, and had warned them on not leaving their animals inside the city.

The MC officials informed that during their survey of a nearby town and connecting rural areas, over 10 dairies with more than 70 to 75 cows and buffaloes were found. Further to this, the officials called the cattle owners, who were given instructions to keep their animals inside their very premises.

“A strict action would be taken against the owners of the cattle and an FIR would be registered if they continue to leave their animals free,” MC officials said.

“A warning has been given to all the cattle owners in and around the city and if anyone is found guilty, we will surely recommend an FIR against the person,” said Mayor MC Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia.

Date:30 Nov 2017

Source:https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/stray-cattle-take-over-panchkula-streets/articleshow/61855712.cms