Odisha

Cow Owners Beware: BMC Revises Penalty To Get Cattle Off Roads

Bhubaneswar: Taking another milestone step towards the welfare of cows creating havoc on the streets of Odisha’s Capital, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday has revised the penalty structure.

As per the earlier procedure, any domestic cow found on the streets inside BMC limit will be caught by an enforcement squad and kept in the kine house of the civic body for three days. However, from March 2020, on the release of the cow, BMC will collect a fine of Rs 5000 from the owner.

For second time repetition of the offense, BMC will neither keep the cow it will hand over the cow to the owner. The cow will be handed over to an SHG of neighbouring district running diary activities. The decision was taken in a meeting held under the chairmanship of BMC Additional Commissioner Abani Kanta Patnaik.

As per the Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying, there are around 12,000 domestic cows under the BMC limits. These cattle many times roam on the city roads posing a threat to motorists.

Many times, cows of different areas are found moving due to the carelessness of concerned owners. As responsible citizen they should be cautious about it and time to time such behaviour is lasting.

Perceiving the traffic issues caused by both unclaimed and domestic cows and for easing the activities related to cows in the city a standard operating procedure was discussed in the meeting.

BMC Deputy Commissioner Shyam Sundar Sethy informed that the civic body will continue to take steps towards welfare of cows and bulls roaming on the roads and to create awareness among general public in this regard.

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