JMC has 2 vehicles to tackle stray animals
In what could be termed as a cosmetic exercise, the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) has been trying to give respite to the people from mounting number of stray animals in the city with only two (2) vehicles, which in no way is sufficient enough to tackle with the growing menace.
Apart from this, the corporation, surprisingly, has only one vehicle for lifting the stray dogs in the city, the number of which is more than forty thousand (40,000), and is increasing by the day.
"As against the minimum requirement of four (4) vehicles, we have only two (2) vehicles to lift the stray cattle from different areas of the city, which is not sufficient", Municipal Veterinary Officer (MVO), JMC, Dr Zaffar Iqbal said.
On a daily basis, the drive against stray cattle on each of these vehicles is conducted on either side of the Tawi Bridge, the MVO said.
It may be mentioned that if any of these vehicles goes out of order, it becomes difficult for the corporation to even act on complaints regarding stray cattle.
Dr Zaffar added, "We have already projected our demand for more vehicles a few months back but it has still not been conceded to".
He added, "Once we get additional vehicles, we will not only be able to conduct our drives and act on complaints in an effective manner, but it will also add to revenue generation of the JMC".
At present, the JMC lifts 8 to 10 stray cattle on a daily basis. Sources said that on an average, the JMC, at present, realizes a fine of approximately Rs 2.50 lakh annually by way of lifting stray cattle.
For milch and pregnant cattle, the JMC charges a fine of Rs 1000 from the owner. For non-milch cattle, a fine of Rs 600 is charged from the owner and for a calf, JMC charges a fine of Rs 200 from the owner.
Keeping in view the growing menace of stray cattle in the city, and also less existing space with the corporation, the JMC is also actively considering to have a Ghoshalla to keep the cattle.
The MVO also said that for lifting the stray dogs, the corporation has only one vehicle, which is also not sufficient.
"For lifting stray dogs to sterilize them, we need at least one more vehicle", the officer said.
As per figures, in December 2014, the number of stray dogs in the city was 35000, which has now risen to more than 40,000 including those in the army areas.
More vehicles will help in expediting the sterilization process of stray dogs, the officer said.