AFTER THE sharp three-fold hike in the fine amount for littering in the city, the Municipal Corporation has also increased the fine for letting cattle go stray, from Rs 300 to Rs 5000. The MC has decided to start a drive of tagging all the stray animals in the city so that their owners can be identified and fined subsequently.
A resolution in this regard was passed in the House meeting which was held on Friday. According to the resolution, Rs 5,000 will be charged for the first-time violation while for second time, the MC will charge a hefty amount of Rs 10,000 for leaving or abandoning any animal in the area falling under the jurisdiction of MC.
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The MC had already revised the fine for littering in the city three-fold, from Rs 1,000 to Rs 3,000 for first-time offenders, and Rs 3,000 to Rs 9,000 for second-time offenders. The fine for abandoning the animals was revised after the mayor and some councillors received complaints regarding the growing number of stray cattle, especially in sectors 68, 67, 66, 70, Kumbra and Sohana villages. People were complaining that many road accidents happened due to the stray animals, including dogs and cows.
To identify the owners of stray cattle, the MC will also start tagging the animals in the city. Stray cattle will be registered with the gaushalas while the MC will keep a record of all the pet animals and in case any person abandons or leaves the animal, the civic body will impose a fine on the owner.
The House was informed by Mayor Kulwant Singh that the MC would soon outsource the work by roping in a private company for tagging the animals. The animals include dogs also as people also abandon dogs in the city who later create trouble for the commuters. Tagging of the animals is a long-pending demand of the councillors and city residents. In the past, many people have lost their lives after their two-wheelers hit the stray cattle. At present, the city has only one cowshed which has a capacity of 600 cows but around 750 cows are being kept their. The MC will soon construct a new cowshed which will have a capacity of 1,500 animals.