The stray cattle menace on city roads is at its peak.
There is hardly any road in the city free of stray cattle moving around or simply resting, making driving difficult.
Chandrapur Municipal Corporation (CMC) thanks to shortage of staff has bitterly failed to control the menace.
The problem of stray cattle is grave on main roads as well as congested localities. Cattle can be seen sitting on busy Pathanpura Road, Sarafa Lane, Tukum, Ganjward Market, Vijay Talkies road, Anchleshwar Road etc.
The roads in the town are already in a bad condition due to digging taken up for underground sewage scheme. The stray cattle menace has added to the woes of the road users.
"Motorists already have problems on roads full of potholes. The stray cattle add to their agony.
There have been several instances where motorists caught unawares by cattle and have met with accidents," said district president of Prahar organization, Pradeep Deshmukh.
He alleged that CMC had never discussed the problem of stray cattle in the House. There is total lack of coordination between road safety committee of traffic department and CMC over the issue.
The shelters for impounded animals are in tatters and the CMC, due to lack of staff, has not pounded a single cattle in the last many months, he alleged. Deshmukh threatened to take up an agitation if CMC fails to resolve the problem.
Municipal commissioner Prakash Bokad assured that CMC has taken up repair of damaged cattle pound and are soon going to take up drive to impound the stray cattle. "In fact, we have plans to outsource the cattle impounding task to a private agency.
A tender will soon be floated for the work," he said. In-charge of sanitary department, Banehar Joshep, claimed that directives have been issued to zone in-charges for capturing of stray cattle.
"We have two pounds in Binba and Tukum localities. However, the task is difficult due to lack of force. Hence, CMC is soon going to outsource the work to private agency," he explained.
Source: Argentine Beef Packers S.A.
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