Wednesday, June 23

Kolkata: Barriers to check New Town cattle straying

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In a bid to prevent stray cattle from approaching the lanes on the fringes of New Town, the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has planned to set up cattle barriers on the road surface to stop the animals from crossing the road. Since its operations from mid-June last year till date, a total of 692 cattle, including 192 buffaloes, have been captured and brought to the cattle shelter.

Officials said that it has been observed lately that a large portion of cattle straying in New Town happens primarily through some of the desolate fringe spots of the township. Officials visited one such area in Action Area 1D and saw at least dozen buffaloes straying in the township.

“To prevent this, a cattle barrier has been designed that will be built on road surface so that cows or buffaloes cannot cross the road. A pilot project will be taken up for this and if found suitable, this barrier will be installed in other cross-over points of the township as well,” said an NKDA official, adding that the tender for the pilot project would be floated soon.

Officials said that the cattle barrier or fence will be designed in such way that vehicles can move smoothly on it but animals, specially cows and buffaloes, get stuck if they try to cross it.

“As a pilot project, the barrier will be installed on a stretch near the Bagjola canal side in Action Area 1D. A CCTV camera will be installed to monitor the effectiveness of the barrier,” said an official.

NKDA had last year set up the cattle shed and special stray cattle capture teams were also formed.

The authorities have collected Rs 13.6 lakh as fine while 22 unclaimed cattle have been sold on auction from which the authorities managed to collect Rs 67,000 so far. On an average, the captured cattle have been kept in the shed for about five to eight days before their owners claimed them back. During their stay, NKDA looks after the cattle.



Source: Times of India

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