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Stray cows injure two locals at Uran village

Uran: The menace of stray animals in Uran tehsil seems to be posing a threat to unsuspecting passersby. This is not only in villages, but even within city limits.Two persons were injured after they were attacked by a stray cow near Chirner market on

Thursday morning.

The injured have been identified as Ramesh Vaneshikar and Dhanaji Pardeshi, both residents of Chirner. The incident occurred when the duo was waiting at the bus stop. Soon after employees of Uran tehsil and members of Animal Rescue Squad, Raigad caught the cow and sent it to the animal shelter at Panvel.

Residents of Chirner have requested the authorities from Uran Tehsildar office to keep control over the menace of stray cattle and dogs in its jurisdiction. The injured were taken to Panvel rural hospital for treatment. The condition of both are stable and are under observation said the doctors. However, hospital sources said that the doctors are investigating whether the cow is suffering from rabies.

The incident has once again exposed the callous approach of the tehsil authorities towards keeping the stray animals at check. It was only a couple of months back when a bunch of stray dogs had entered a school premises and bit a student in Koliwada, evoking a sharp Uran Municpal Council reaction as UMC carried out drives to nab stray dogs. The drive lost momentum after a few days. This is not the first of such incident which has been reported from the locality. There have been unconfirmed reports of stray cattle from nearby locality entering the village school and playground and often attacking the students.

While Uran tehsildar and BDO could not be reached for their comments, municipal authorities were completely unaware of the incident. Senior officials said they would have to check as to how and from where the stray cattle moved into the market area. UMC councillor Mahesh Baldi said that the area falls under the Uran tehsil. The market happens to be close to Koliwada, which has a couple of shanties and illegal colonies.

Tehsil authorities claimed that the stray cattle might be those from the dairies being run in the locality. UMC said that the issue of illegal and unauthorised dairies running in the city has been a worrying factor. He said their drives often fail as they do not have enough space to keep the stray cattle. “We do nab quite a few.

But then the owners get them freed by paying fine,” he said. The incident has also highlighted the significance of a cattle pound to be constructed by Cidco, a much-awaited project, which is yet to get operational. In Cidco juridisctions several people had been complaining about the increasing number of minor road accidents and traffic jams due to the stray cattle. To deal with the problem, Cidco made announcements regularly urging cattle owners to take their cattle away and make the streets cattle-free. Sanitary inspector, N R Parab said, We are aware of this problem, but whenever we start the drive to catch and shift cattle to Panjarpol, objections are raised from various quarters. The spots are Kalamboli and New Panvel bus station, Kharghar, Kamothe, Dronagiri, Uran and Khanda colony areas among others.

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