At the worst, as MC has no cow shed of its own, they are transporting such cows to Baba Jameet Singh Charitable Trust in Lopon village where they are supposed to send 500 stray cattle. However, the MC officials said that they had an agreement with a cowshed management on Hambran Road where they will send at least 500 cattle. Also, they have identified a chunk of land on Tajpur Road where cattle can be kept, they said, adding that some NGOs assured them to take care of the cattle, but this will take time as required permissions are to be taken.
However, the source of trouble is the MC’s indifference to make cattle registration compulsory. If the officials will not fix the source from where cattle are left abandoned on roads, the issue cannot be resolved. Shifting cattle from roadside to cows sheds could be an endless process, which would not bring the desired relief.
In September 2019, it was proposed to install 20,000 microchips in the cattle at dairy units, along with initiating the registration process. However, the proposal was rejected by the Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC) members when it was presented before them in November 2019.
The officials claimed that as the cost of one microchip ranged from Rs 250 to Rs 400, dairy farmers with many cattle were not ready to bear this cost. As the civic body cannot pay for the microchips, the project was dropped, they added.
Senior veterinary officer Dr Harbans Singh Dhalla said: