Ujjain : Stray cattle menace is increasingly becoming a cause of road accidents and has posed a threat to the lives of the residents.
In a latest incident, two women from Nanakheda area were injured by stray cattle on Monday when they were out of the house to dump house waste. One of the women was seriously injured, as she was operated in a private hospital after the cow attacked her in the abdomen. The other woman was relived after primary health aid. Similarly on another biker was injured at Indore-Ujjain Highway after he rammed into one such stray cattle, to his fate he did not any major injuries. Commuters are at greater risk during the night than daytime. Owing to low visibility at night, commuters fail to spot cattle from a distance. There have been many fatal accidents during the night. A Mumbai based taxi driver had a miraculous escape after a car he was driving rammed into a stray cow near Vikramaditya Hotel on Sunday. The driver suffered minor injuries while the car was badly damaged.
Stray cattle, including bulls, buffaloes and cows can be seen roaming around on the roadsides in most parts of the city. These cause hindrance in the traffic flow as well. A number of minor accidents can be witnessed in the outskirts of the city, as vehicles travel at relatively high speeds because of vacant roads. When the vehicles confront with animals unexpectedly, they often meet serious accidents in an attempt to evade the collisions. Even though cowsheds have been built in the city, but how many cows are being accepted there is a big question. But taking the animals to cowsheds remains a big problem and most of the gaushalas only accept cows however, other cattle remain on roads with no shelter. There should be a proper shed built by the District Administration to look after and take care of stray animals, says Vikrant Bhonsale, a resident of Muni Nagar. Many diseased and sterile animals are left by dairy farmers and owners. A lot of times, stray cattle are seen on the roadsides sitting on the dividers obstructing traffic and causing traffic jams in the middle of the roads.
UMC ISSUES WARNING
After a prolonged slumber, the Ujjain Municipal Corporation (UMC) authorities on Monday finally swung into action vis-à-vis ‘illegal’ business of stray cattle. A release of the UMC warned such so-called cattle owners to check the nuisances of their animals otherwise strict legal action will be taken against them as well. The release also said that if these practices were not stopped at once, a joint administrative and police action will be launched to throw the stray cattle far behind the boundaries of Ujjain.