Following two human deaths in less than one week due to the presence of stray cattle on the city roads, the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) has now swung into action to solve the problem facing the city. The civic body has now decided to have three shifts of patrol parties of encroachment officers who will confiscate strays cattle and penalise owners for leaving their bovines on the streets.
According to VMC officials, the decision was taken on an urgent basis following the death of a 27-year-old man Sunday morning, who collided with a cow near Vadiwadi leading to the cattle’s horn piercing his chest. Just last week, another man had died after being attacked by two cattle engaged in a late night fight. The new plan of the civic body to tackle stray cattle menace includes a night patrol team. Mayor Bharat Dangar said, “We have time and again stressed on the need to keep cattle off roads and our officials are trying hard to achieve this goal. We have held talks with the owners to sensitise them about this matter.”
Municipal Commissioner Vinod Rao said, “We have formed three shifts for patrolling streets to keep cattle away. Two shifts were already in place and from Tuesday, we are beginning a third shift during the night. The officers will ensure that the cattle owners are booked for disobeying the order.”