No end to stray cattle menace in city

Report by: 
NITISH KUMAR TIWARI
Port Blair
25 Oct 2018

Tall claims of the Port Blair Municipal Council stands exposed as stray cattle roaming on roads cause traffic problems and inconvenience to commuters continues to be a headache for residents in many parts of the city. Leave alone areas like Bhatu Basti, Dollygunj, Pathergudda, Garacharma, the civic body has apparently failed to contain the menace even in highly secured zones of the city like the Raj Niwas. The associated photograph exposes the claims of the Municipal Council in catching stray cattle and imposing fine on their owners as they can be seen roaming and sitting right on the traffic island near Raj Niwas creating nuisance for the commuters, sometimes causing accidents.
“Stray cattle are omnipresent – on the roads, vital road junctions, garbage pits, blocking the free flow of traffic or rummaging through the garbage in almost every part of the city.  The stray cattle menace simply refuses to vanish to the chagrin of the urban population here. These stray cattle pose a serious risk to the lives of the commuters. The risk increases manifold during the night hours as the drivers fail to spot the animals present on the roads due to darkness. There have been numerous accidents in the past when motorists suffered grievous injuries due to the presence of stray cattle on the main roads in the city. Even areas like the vicinity of Raj Niwas has become infested with the menace. The Municipal Council should strictly implement existing rules and mull over new ideas to deal with the menace,” said a resident of Aberdeen Bazar.