Stray animals pose threat to commuters at Haddo

Report by: 
M SURESH KUMAR
Port Blair
23 Oct 2017

 


Stray animals such cows and bulls have increasingly become a menace in the city as they have become a cause of frequent road accidents, especially at thickly populated Haddo area near Tamil Medium School. Despite several mishaps in the past, the civic authority has failed to keep a check on stray cattle roaming in the area.
According to reports, the area has witnessed many accidents in the recent past with motorists trying to negotiate the bovines standing in the middle of the road during peak hours. The situation turns even more dangerous in the evening hours when commuters driving their vehicle fail to spot the animals in the dark. Recently a car owner sustained losses after his vehicle was hit by a stray cow. Many two wheeler riders also sustained injuries due to the menace.
“In spite of repeated complaints, the Municipal Council has failed to implement measures to counter the problem. Routine announcements notwithstanding, the civic agency is yet to work out a concrete plan to deal with the concern. Densely population areas like Haddo are worst affected by the menace of stray animals,” said Jogga Rao, a Haddo resident.
“We consider cow as our mother but when it becomes non-productive, we let it on road for roaming. It should be stopped as it leads to traffic snarls and accidents. It is the main reason behind this menace. The Municipal Council should keep a check on people who let these animals on road and take action against them,” said another resident.