Tiruchirapalli

Cattle menace again

An auto driver narrowly misses hitting a stray cow at Seshadripuram in Srirangam on Sunday.

An auto driver narrowly misses hitting a stray cow at Seshadripuram in Srirangam on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: M_SRINATH

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Problem is acute in Srirangam, Gandhi Market and Woraiyur

Despite warning by the public health authorities, stray cattle menace has reared its head again in different parts of the city.

The problem is more acute in Srirangam, Gandhi Market and Woraiyur areas. Thanks to the availability of vegetable waste dumped by traders and residents, the cattle owners simply leave their domestic animals on city roads.

Bad roads, ineffective traffic management system, wilful violation of traffic rules by motorists may have been the main reasons for high rate of accidents in the city. Now, movement of buffaloes and cows on roads have also become another reason for accidents.

They have become a hindrance for smooth movement of traffic. In some places, the drivers have to get down from their vehicles to shoo away the stray cattle lying on roads.

According to a rough estimate, at least 40 to 50 cows loiter in and around the Gandhi Market eating the left over vegetables, fruits and leaves. Stray animals are also found in significant numbers near roadside eateries, restaurants and marriage halls. Similarly, stray animals are also seen on roads, where vegetable markets are functioning.

In Srirangam, cows can be seen roaming along Keela Adayavalanjan Street, Seshadripuram and other areas. The residents of Srirangam had petitioned the Tiruchi City Corporation officials on a number of occasions to take action on cattle owners, who violate the provisions of Public Health Act.

But, they point out that no action has been taken on them.

“We face a tough time as children are afraid seeing aggressive cattle on the roads. We have come across instances, where the cattle attack children and elders. Tough action should be taken against the cattle owners,” said R. Rajesh of Subramaniapuram in Srirangam.

While agreeing that cattle menace had cropped up in Gandhi Market and Srirangam, City Health Officer of Tiruchi Corporation R. Chitra said that strong warning had been issued to those leaving cows and buffaloes on roads. Tough action would be taken against them under the Public Health Act. A special drive would be carried shortly, she added.

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