Kendrapara, Sept 2 (LocalWire): The Kendrapara district authority with the help of social organisations fitted radium strips on the horns of stray cattle to help minimise road accidents at night.
Several cattle roam the highways and are often the cause of road accidents.
Tying radium bands on the horns and necks of these animals will make it easier for drivers to spot them from a distance.
The radium bands ensure long-distance visibility and are especially helpful during foggy mornings and at night.
‘The National Highway Authority of India is supposed to fence the highways to prevent entry of cattle, bulls and other stray animals.
The gram panchayats and other civic bodies must impose a fine on the owners of these animals,’ said Nikhil Patnaik, the Road Transport Officer (RTO), Kendrapara.
‘Around 100 stray cattle were fitted with radium strips recently. We plan to fit radium strips on all the strays within a month,’ added the officer.
Many cattle enter the highways in search of food as they are abandoned by their owners after they stop producing milk.
These animals are more in numbers near vegetable markets that sell by the side of the highways and roads in the district.
‘Garbage dumped by street vendors and shop owners in the vicinity invite strays that get easy food and are responsible for the increased number of accidents in this stretch,’ said Pravakar Sahoo, a shop owner near Gop Chhack.
‘It is a temporary solution since it is not possible to fit radium strips on stray dogs, jackals and other animals. The stray cattle also often sleep in the middle of the highways causing a lot of problems,’ said Madhab Sahoo, a motorist from Kendrapara.
‘We are happy the authorities have decided to fit radium strips on stray cattle to prevent accidents,’ said Rabindra Behera, the vice-president of district truck owners’ association.