Drive against stray cattle menace

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Drive against stray cattle menace

Mar 24, 2015-

As stray cattle continues to be a menace in the capital city, the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has been auctioning them off every Sunday in a bid to take them off the streets.  

KMC officials say 32 stray cattle were auctioned off in the past two weeks alone after the KMC started a drive to manage stray cattle of Kathmandu Valley.  

According to KMC, one animal can fetch up to Rs 500 during the auction. The metropolis collected Rs 10,000 by auctioning off 32 cattle during the campaign to take the cattle off the streets.  The animals sold off in auction are usually transported out of the Valley.

“This time buyers from Makawanpur purchased the cattle impounded from the streets of the capital,” said Dhanapati Sapkota, chief of the Implementation Department at KMC.

Although KMC has been impounding large number of cattle including bulls, buffaloes and cows to take them off the street of Kathmandu, managing them still remains a major challenge.  It is very common to  see ox, cows and calf wander the streets of Kathmandu, obstructing the traffic and causing all sorts of nuisance in Kathmandu’s road.

Male bovines and milch cows that haven’t started giving milk are usually neglected by their owners, and they end up living out on the street, searching food from garbage thrown in the roads. They not only occupy the road and disrupt the traffic, but sometimes even cause accidents.

KMC has five staff especially deputed to impound stray cattle. “This time we will make Kathmandu city street cent percent cattle free,” assured Sapkota.

 To help KMC take stray cattle off the streets, Metropolitan Traffic Police Division has started to search for the owner of the abandoned cattle in order to produce them before KMC and fine them Rs 200, said Gyanendra Pakhrin of the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division. However till the date, not a single owner has been nabbed or fined.

Published: 25-03-2015 08:47

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