After a hue and cry was raised in the city over the menace of stray cattle,the Municipal Corporation has finally woken up and resolved to take some action.
Four out of five members of the Finance and Contract Committee will be visiting Delhi to inspect some cow sheds there to transfer stray cattle. Talks were also held on Tuesday with owners of cow sheds at different places.
A proposal had been mooted around two months ago for transfer of the stray cattle outside the city.
The proposal was initially met with resistance from some sections of the councillors.
It was felt that the conditions that the stray cattle would be kept in should be inspected before a decision is taken. During the meeting of the F&CC held last month it was decided that the committee members would inspect the conditions.
Four of the members,Arun Sood,Davesh Moudgil,Mukesh Bassi and Darshan Garg,will be going to Delhi on Wednesday. If they express their satisfaction with the conditions,then arrangements would be made for shifting of the cattle.
Mayor Subhash Chawla held talks with owners of cattle sheds at Garhshankar as well as in Uttar Pradesh. Chawla said that in UP there was a cattle shed managed by Sant Ramesh where there was sufficient space available and the councillors can inspect this.
Within this month,a solution will be found to the problem of stray cattle. With the space in the cattle sheds of the city being limited,attempts are being made to send these across to other cities, he says.
The Mayor also held a meeting with the councillors of the Congress to discuss the issue.
The cattle shed in Sector 45 has the capacity to accommodate around 350 animals,while another one in Maloya has the capacity for 400 animals. The cattle pound at the Industrial Area can hold 150 stray cattle at a time.
The Municipal Corporation has been unable to control the menace of stray cattle,with the numbers having gone up over the past year. There is little action that the MC takes,apart from catching the stray animals and returning these to the owner after a fine of Rs 1,000. The problem is more acute in the peripheral sectors where the cattle are released to graze at night.