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Stray cattle - another menace on Allahabad's choked roads
The Nagar Nigam has completely failed to deal with the menace of stray cattle. There is hardly any road in Allahabad where commuters don't have to face lots of problems, and the presence of stray cattle is making moving around or driving difficult in the city.

Though authorities of Nagar Nigam make tall claims about controlling the menace, but the reality is totally different as cattle are found moving on different roads of the city. Commuters have to face lots of problems while traversing the streets which have the presence of the cattle.

The problem of stray cattle is acute in dense localities of the city including Chakiya, Beniganj, Himmatganj, Lukerganj, Leader Road, Johnstonganj, Shahganj Chowk, Clock Tower, Zero Road, South Malaka, Rambagh, Loknath, Katra, Rani Mandi, Bahadurganj, Khuldabad, Meerapur, Attarsuiya, Kotha Parcha, Muthiganj, Dondipur, Muirabad, Civil Lines, Rajapur and other areas.

There are many convoluting narrow lanes in these areas where one can spot numerous cattle. Though the space itself is insufficient for the commuters to traverse properly, most of the space is occupied by the cattle. The commuters have to exercise great caution while moving in such lanes. It becomes very difficult for the commuters to negotiate the way whenever hordes of cattle frequent such roads.

This has been a problem since long. The situation becomes worse during monsoons but Nagar Nigam has hardly made an effort to find a permanent solution to the problem. The stray cattle also feed on the garbage that is accumulated in different parts of the city. One can find numerous stray cattle assembled at garbage bins in the Katra area.

It is pertinent to mention that Nagar Nigam has constructed two cattle colonies at Naini and Phaphamau so that people can get relief from the cattle menace. But none of the cattle owners have shifted to these places till now as they are not ready on the terms and conditions that have been laid out by the municipal corporation authorities.

The cattle owners want that they should get the allotted space at cattle colony at a lesser rate. However, Nagar Nigam administration is charging at a higher rate. The cattle owners also do not shift to these places as they are located far away from the city. Nagar Nigam is also lacking the adequate resource to face the cattle menace. It does not have the adequate manpower and also the requisite number of cattle catching squad to seize stray cows.

There are limitations to what the department can do when it comes to catching cattle and locking them in cattle shed, says animal Husbandry officer, Dhirendra Goyal. He also assured that Nagar Nigam is trying hard to catch stray animals but stiff opposition from locals and absence of police support hampers the drive.

“We face practical difficulties. The police should accompany cattle catching squad for smooth execution of drive. The authorities cannot expect us to fight with locals who often intervene in work,” claimed Goyal. He however, expressed confidence that in the days to come, further drives would be undertaken to control the cattle menace. The stray cattle cause traffic snarls and also mishaps. Last week, two youths riding on a bike sustained injuries when their bike collided with stray cattle near Stanley road. Though the injuries were minor but the increasing number of mishaps are causing inconvenience to the commuters.

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