Vijayapura: After facing anguish from the commuters and general public as they are facing a huge cattle menace problem, the City Corporation has finally started an operation to remove stray cattle from the streets and send them to Gaushalas.
It may be noted that amidst the potholes and pathetic road conditions, commuters on the city roads are facing a new kind of obstacle – stray cattle.
People have appealed to the officials of the Vijayapura City Corporation to conduct a full-scale drive to ensure that commuters don’t face any problems on the roads.
During the busy hours, many buses, cars, two-wheelers and heavy vehicles had to stop as many cattle stepped in the middle of the road causing traffic. This has irked the people and has knocked on the doors of the City Corporation to give relief from cattle menace.
Sangamesh Jagirdar, a daily commuter and businessman, said that “The stray cattle cause severe problems for the ease movement of vehicles in the busy hours. Taking shelter in the middle of the road has also led to accidents on a couple of occasions. The authorities have to ensure that no cattle are on the road. They have to give strict warnings to the owners of the cattle.”
After the City Corporation received frequent complaints from the commuters on the cattle menace. Acting on the complaint, the authorities have been carrying out a special drive since Sunday. The authorities are seizing the cattle that are found abandoned on the roads and streets are being accommodated at government and private gaushalas in the outskirts of the City.
Vijay Makalaki, Commissioner of the City Corporation, said that, “Vijayapura is one among the 10 City corporations in the State. There are certain norms for traffic and law and order in the corporation limits. It also includes a punishable offence if anyone leaves their cattle on streets and roads.”
“We have carried out many awareness programs and issued multiple warnings to the cattle owners on living their cattle on roads. Even after warnings, the population of stray cattle was increasing in the recent weeks.”
“Initiating action over 100 cows have been seized and shifted to Gaushala. The owner has to pay the penalty of Rs. 10,000 and provide valid documents to prove the ownership of the cattle to get it released. If the same cow is found on the streets the cows will be seized permanently. We will conduct similar drives once in two weeks to ensure cattle are not on the roads,” said Commissioner Makalaki.