Berhampur, July 2 (LocalWire): Berhampur Municipal Corporation and animal resources department on Monday jointly launched a drive to tag cattle roaming in the city.
The move is aimed to solve the stray menace and impose penalty on the cattle owners who desert the animals on the streets.
‘To stop stray cattle menace and also to make the city roads safe, we launched the ear-tagging drive of cattle across the BeMC area,’ said Ganjam Collector Vijya Amruta Kulange.
He said the tagging of cattle would also help to identify the ownership of the animal during any natural calamity.
‘The drive would continue for the next 15 days. We have formed ten teams to cover all the 40 wards and to tag cattle in the corporation limits,’ said deputy commissioner of the corporation SK Routray. The tagging will be done free of cost, he added.
After the cattle are tagged, and still found roaming on the streets, the cattle-catching squad will catch them and impose fine on the owners for the release of each animal.
In case of any untagged cattle also the owner has also to pay a fine. There would also be additional daily fine on the cattle owners. ‘The quantum of the fine will be decided soon,’ Routray said.
In case the owner of the cattle does not respond to take his/her animal after paying a fine, the animal will be handed over to any poor person in the nearby area who can keep it properly, he added.
The tagging system of animals to solve the cattle menace was earlier launched in Bhubaneswar and some other major towns in the country.