Grappling with the large population of stray cattle roaming on the streets and causing accidents, especially during the night hours, the Panchkula administration has planned to put radium reflector tapes on the horns and neck of the animal to ensure that they are visible from afar.
Highlighting the number of complaints being received to control stray cattle menace, Panchkula deputy commissioner Dr Garima Mittal said: “It is a serious problem, because the stray animals are seen sitting on the roads and they may not be visible while driving during the night, which leads to accidents. So, we decided to consider the proposal.”
As part of the proposal, radium reflector tapes or radium strips will be tied around the neck of the cows, which will glow in the dark and provide long-distance visibility. The model has already been adopted in various other cities, including Jaipur, Indore and Bangalore.
“We will study the feasibility of the project, considering the number of stray cattle following which a tender will be floated. Radium reflector tapes or strips can be used, because they would be useful and visible to commuters from far,” said Mittal.
The proposal was mooted in a meeting of the district administration with representatives of various resident welfare associations and non-government organisations, where stray cattle menace was flagged as a teething issue.
“The problem is especially seen on the two national highways passing through Panchkula, in Barwala and Kalka, where there have been several accidents in the past owing to stray cattle. It also lies in a forested area,” said Rakesh Aggarwal, president, Resident Welfare Association, Sector 12.
He added: “Once implemented, we should also make it mandatory for dairy owners to put these tapes on their cattle, which they let free for grazing in the evening.”
With all four cow-shelters – one each in MDC, Saketri, Kalka and Pinjore – full to capacity, the Panchkula Municipal Corporation has been struggling to accommodate the stray cattle, whose number the officials said, has increased over the past few years.
The civic body’s proposal to build two more cow-shelters has also failed to take off.