Koppal: The Municipality which had announced a single-day drive to catch stray cattle in the City limits, is yet to completely shift the cattle. The number of cattle is still on the rise.
People are protesting against the delayed policy of the Municipality, which is causing inconvenience to the public by lying haphazardly on the roads.
Within the Town limits, the menace of stray cattle has crossed the limits on minor roads including National Highway Road, Jawahar Road, Clock Tower, Gavimatha etc. There are owners for these cattle but none of them are tending to these cattle.
In the past, there have been several reports in the media about the cattle menace. Several activists had lodged a complaint with the municipality and the Deputy Commissioner requesting them to catch cattle, stray dogs and pigs and shift them elsewhere. However, the Municipality was negligent.
Recently, a woman was attacked by a stray cow in ward number 30 of the city. The woman was killed in the attack. Local residents had brought the body of the deceased woman in front of the Municipality and staged a protest and alerted the authorities. Following the incident, Municipal Commissioner Bhujakkanavar had announced that he would go ahead with the task of catching the stray cattle within a day.
But most of the cattle are still roaming the roads in the Town. Even after the death of the woman, the Municipality has not woken up. The public’s hopes of avoiding inconvenience to the people are beginning to feel that they are being dashed again. There are more than 100 cattle in the Town.
The menace of stray dogs has also increased and the boy was attacked by the dog recently. Monkeys are attacking as well as the menace of pigs have also increased. So the people in the Town are not protected. Passengers are forced to drive in fear of their lives.