Govt, Amc Inform Hc About Plans To Curb Stray Cattle Nuisance, Legal News, ET LegalWorld – Legal Firms

AHMEDABAD: The state urban development and urban housing department and the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) have informed the Gujarat high court about the plan they have chalked out to curb the stray cattle nuisance on public streets and the action undertaken till date.

Upon the HC’s directions to draw long-term and short-term plans to deal with the cattle menace, top officials of the government, the police department and the AMC held a meeting on November 5. They have decided to intensify the ongoing operations to deal with the problem and fixed responsibilities of the officials for various tasks.

For Ahmedabad, an awareness drive has been planned through rickshaws in all seven zones to prevent people from throwing garbage and leaving their cattle open on roads. To make this campaign more effective, AMC will give publicity through hoardings, LED boards and mass media. The insistence is on making cattle owners complete registration of their animals and carry out tagging and RFID chipping of all registered animals.

The administration plans to form more teams to prevent stray animal menace during peak hours. The surveillance will be made intensive around 96 hotspots as suggested by the Gujarat State Legal Services Authority (GSLSA) in Ahmedabad.

In an affidavit, the AMC has informed the HC that it has paid Rs 5 lakh compensation to the family of Bhavin Patel, who was killed in an accident involving a cow in Naroda area. The HC had asked AMC to increase the amount from Rs 2 lakh as decided by the civic body.

The AMC has stated that its cattle nuisance control department (CNCD) has intensified efforts by deploying 21 teams for round-the-clock patrolling, eight bikers for monitoring and informing the teams about presence of cattle.

In a bi-monthly report, AMC stated that total 9,092 cattle were impounded with highest 2,216 from South West Zone. It has recovered Rs 51 lakh toward administration charges from cattle owners. At present, there are 2,277 cattle placed in Danilimda cattle pound and 1,590 at Bakrol.

The HC is likely to hear the issue on Tuesday.

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