With a view to deter maldharis from releasing their cattle on city roads,the standing committee of Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) on Friday cleared a proposal seeking a three-fold increase in administration charges for release of impounded animal.
The Health Department of VMC has proposed to hike the administration charges from Rs 250 to Rs 1,000 per animal. Similarly,it had proposed a five-fold increase in daily maintenance charges to Rs 250 per animal from the current Rs 25 per day. However,the standing committee made an amendment in the proposal and fixed the new maintenance charges at Rs 100 per day.
When the new rates come into force,an owner will have to pay Rs 1,000 each in administration charges and fine and Rs 100 per day in maintenance to have his animal released from custody of the civic body.
The security branch of the civic body impounds around 2,000 cattle per month from city roads. The Health Department feels that due to low administration and maintenance charges,maldharis freely releasing their cattle on roads.
The department runs three enclosures,in Lalbaug,Khaswadi and Panigate. They have a combined capacity of housing around 700 cattle at a time. The rates have not been hiked for last 15-20 years. We are not able to maintain our enclosures from revenue generated through them, Deputy Municipal Commissioner (health) I K Sugoor said.
While the hike may displease the maldhari community,it is expected to be welcomed by denizens. Last week,residents of Gorwa and Gotri area had held demonstrations and demanded action against maldharis to control the cattle nuisance.