The BJP councillors refused to go to Delhi to inspect the cowshed for the shifting of stray cattle outside the city,till the Mayor accompanied them. The BJP councillors stated that the Mayor was not accompanying them so that he could blame the BJP for failure of the scheme if it fails or take the credit if it does well.
A decision had been taken that members of the Finance and Contract Committee,including Mukesh Bassi,Darshan Garg,Arun Sood and Davesh Moudgil would visit Delhi on Wednesday to inspect the condition of the cow shed so that the stray cattle could be shifted there. The BJP councillors,however refused,saying that they would not go till the Mayor accompanies them.
The proposal to shift stray cattle out of the city was initially mooted around two months ago in a meeting of the General House. The issue has led to a ruckus in the House with the BJP opposing the move stating that the conditions of the cow sheds should be checked first. A committee comprising of two BJP and one Congress councillor was constituted for conducting the inspection. The BJP councillors refused to visit stating that the committee had no authorisation from the House or F&CC for the same.
A meeting of F&CC was held last month where a decision was taken that the members of the F&CC would visit the cattle sheds outside the city and take a decision.
BJP councillor Arun Sood says that the Congress has been playing politics over the issue. BJP councillors are never in the majority in any committee constituted by the Congress,but in a committee to send cattle out,this was done. That is why we refused initially. In the meeting of F&CC,it was decided that all the members would go. However the mayor,commissioner,secretary and one of the members were not accompanying. The Congressbelieves that if the scheme fails,they can blame the BJP, says Sood.
Terming the allegations as baseless,Mayor Subhash Chawla said that the BJP was running away from its responsibility towards the city. The committee that had to inspect comprised of two councillors each of the Congress and BJP. There was equal representation and all that was required to be done was inspection of the cow shed, he said.
An emergency meeting of the F&CC is now being called over the issue to seek financial powers for the transfer of cattle. It has further been decided that the Mayor along with Congress councillors will visit a cow shed in Uttar Pradesh.
MC considers not returning cattle
The Municipal Corporation will examine a proposal not to return stray cattle that are caught by the teams of the civic body. The aim is to ensure that this proves to be a deterrent for those who let the cattle loose for grazing.
At present the Municipal Corporation imposes a fine of Rs 1,000 on the person whose cattle is caught apart from the charges of feed. As per records of the MC 11,947 stray cattle were impounded during the last five years. An amount of Rs 43.19 lakh was collected as fine and feeding charges.
Keeping cattle is not allowed within the municipal limits. Mayor Subhash Chawla says that since the city is cattle-free there should be no stray animals on the roads. The officials will be examining the proposal for not returning the stray cattle once it is caught by our teams, he says.
The problem of stray cattle is more acute in the sectors adjoining villages or Punjab. At night the cattle is let out to graze. Menace is created as the animals suddenly come in front of fast-moving traffic. There have been several deaths due to this. Chawla said that there was a need for taking stringent steps for a solution to be found to the problem.