CHENNAI: The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has increased the penalty for the owners of cattle who allow their cattle to stray into the city roads. To control the nuisance caused by the cows and buffaloes within the city corporation limit, the fine will now be revised by Rs 3,000 from the current penalty of Rs 1,550.
The cattle roaming on the roads obstruct public and traffic. Under the supervision of the public health department and traffic inspectors, the cattle are kept in Corporation sheds at Pudhupet and Perambur, which are cared by veterinary assistants, read a resolution placed in the Corporation council.
“In the resolution dated June 26, 2021, the forum imposed an amount of Rs 1,550 and Rs 100 per day as maintenance cost for three days is Rs 300 charged. From July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022, as many as 4,000 cattle were captured and Rs. 61,83,750 collected as penalty,” noted the resolution.
During the standing committee held on August 26, 2022, the penalty charge was increased to Rs 3,000 per cow for the first two days, and maintenance costs from the third day onwards, with an amendment of Rs 200 per day.
In the last three years, the Chennai Corporation has caught as many as 653 cattle in 2018-2019; 642 cattle in 2019-2020. The number has decreased in 2020-2021 to 280 cows and buffaloes were caught and kept at the two shelters maintained by the civic body.
“In the meeting of the Standing Committee (Accounts and Finance) held on September 26, it has been recommended to decrease the penalty amount to Rs 2,000 instead of Rs 3,000. And the amount of maintenance cost per cow from the third day to Rs 200. It has been submitted for approval,” mentioned in the resolution.
In 2018, during a special council meeting, the civic body increased the fine to Rs 10,000 and later it was reduced to Rs 1,000, which came into effect from April 1, 2018.
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