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MC to approach admn seeking compensation for transporters

17 trucks were burnt while ferrying stray cattle to Barsana.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: November 5, 2013 12:40:55 am

With transporters expressing reluctance to ferry stray cattle from the city to cattle pounds outside,the municipal corporation has approved a proposal to ask the UT Administration to provide compensation to the truck owners whose trucks were burnt in Gurgaon district while ferrying cattle two months back. A total of 17 trucks were damaged in Barsana.

During the meeting of the general house,held on October 31,an agenda was approved for asking the Administration to provide compensation to the transporters. However,no discussion on the issue could take place due to the ruckus over rail bribery scam.

Transporters had moved an appeal to the MC seeking compensation for their loss. It was said that truck owners had raised loans for purchase of the trucks and since these were fully damaged they had suffered losses.

The charred trucks are stationed at the Gurgaon police station. Owners are paying interest on the loan taken for the trucks without earning anything from these. With the civic body having no powers to grant compensation,the Administration has been approached.

Transporters in their petition further stated that the losses suffered by them should be compensated by the MC as the trucks were under the charge of the civic body while transporting the cattle. They have also demanded market rate of interest on the compensation amount from August 31 onwards. After the incident,the MC’s drive to send cattle out of the city received a setback. Since then no cattle heads have been transported. The civic body recently signed an MoU for sending cattle to cattle pounds in Garhshanker.

Mayor Subhash Chawla said,“We will soon transport stray cattle out of the city. The cattle pound that the MC was setting up in Industrial Area is complete now and cattle heads have been shifted there. A system would soon be put in place for regularly sending stray cattle out. Cattle heads that would be caught would be transported out.”

He added that an appeal of the transporters for giving them compensation is being sent to the Administration. Whatever maximum compensation can be provided would be given.

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