With a view to effectively check the menace of stray cattle and accidents caused by them, the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has planned to ear tag all cattle in the city, a senior civic official said.
Under this plan, the marketing yard department which falls under the health department of SMC will carry out the registration of cattle in all seven zones of the city, including the newly-annexed villages due to the delimitation process.
The SMC officials will collect the number of cattle from the cattle owners and offer them metal tags with the serial numbers to be pinned to the ear of the animal. This data will be updated regularly even when the owners buy new cattle or on death of cattle.
Generally, the stray cattle roam the streets hindering the free flow of traffic and also causing many accidents. A private aircraft had hit a stray buffalo during take-off at Surat airport two years ago.
SMC market Dr. Praful Mehta, superintendent, marketing yard department, SMC “We have been facing traffic problems and accidents caused by cattle roaming on the roads. The registration and tagging process will take a few months. The tag pinned to the ear of the cattle will remain for longer time and the serial number on the tag will help identify the owner. After completing the ear tagging and collection of data, any cattle found on the roads will be seized by SMC and will be send directly to a Panjrapole. In no circumstance they will be returned to the owner.”