Cattle menace: Mpl Commr summoned

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Oct 2017 10:48:09


Legal Correspondent,

A DIVISION bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court comprising Justice S K Seth and Justice Anjuli Palo has directed Jabalpur Municipal Commissioner to remain present in the court for necessary compliance regarding for his insufficiency in catching cattle roaming on busy roads of Jabalpur. As per reports submitted by the Municipal Commissioner as per his effort in catching bull in 2017 is less than 1 per day despite he is having all Hakka Gang and other facilities to catch stray animals.

Petitioner Advocate Satish Kumar Verma said during festival crowded roads bunch of dangerous bulls, cattle could be seen everywhere and all the efforts are only cosmetic and paper work. Advocate Tanya Tiwari for Jabalpur Municipal Corporation is also directed to file response in this regard by November 6.

Hearing on April 12, 2016, Government Advocate had stated before the court that for the purpose of amendment of statute, the State Government is required to evolve a uniform policy throughout the State of Madhya Pradesh. Various municipal corporations and municipal councils are governed by different byelaws.

The State Government is collecting data so as to evolve a uniform policy for which some more time would be required, to seek instructions and submit a report to this court. The division bench had directed the State Government to submit a report as to what steps have been taken and what steps are proposed to be taken in this regard. An affidavit of a competent officer be also filed indicating steps taken in the matter.

Earlier, in a hearing of the case on December 2, 2015, counsel for the State had pointed out that pursuant to the order passed on last date the Urban Administration and Environment Department has issued notices and communications to various municipal councils and municipal corporations in the State and are taking steps to check menace in question particularly, caused due to stray dogs and animals on streets.

It had indicated that looking into legal provisions as are applicable presently and handicap of the State Government certain modalities have to be worked out and then action is to be taken. The division bench had said that in between the Municipal Corporation and authorities of the State Government should continue with action for removal of stray dogs and other stray animals on roads and ensure that hindrance to public is not caused due to wandering of these stray animals on roads.