LAHORE – Despite a ban on keeping cattle especially buffaloes, cows in the City, the City District Government has failed to oust such cattle from the jurisdiction of the provincial capital. 

It is witnessed that a large number of such banned animals are returning to the City by getting advantage of the ‘self relaxed’ policies on part of all the Town Municipal Administrations of the City. The town officials give shelter to the cattle owners by getting their reward (extortion money).

Moreover, as a result of rapid arrival of cattle in the residential localities and surrounding areas of these vicinities, roads and streets are turning into heaps of garbage. The waste of animals which not only are causing massive nuisance for the residents but also are providing favourable environment to the mosquitoes to grow and contribute dengue virus among the citizens.

Expressing their apprehensions, some citizens residing in different areas of the City criticised the role of the town administrations and officials in this regard and said, while talking to this scribe, practice of keeping animals in the City still was unchecked by the authorities concerned. They said despite the strict order of the chief minister last year for evacuating the City especially the residential localities including, Shahdara, Babusabu, Sherakot, Badamibagh, Baghbanpura, China Scheme, Bhogiwal, Khokhar Road, Bhama Jhugian, Karol, Sabzazar Colony, Kharak, Thokar Niaz Baig, Green Town, Township, Daroghawala and many other areas of the City from cattle, but no action was being initiated by the CDGL authorities so far.

“After passing one year, the milkmen of the area have dominated the administration by not implementing the order from the chief minister,” said Muhammad Aslam, resident of Sherakot.

“Herds of buffaloes, cows can be seen everywhere throughout the China Scheme and roads remained covered with dung of the animals which are the main cause of mosquitoes and dengue production,” said Akmal Akram, resident of Daroghawala.

He alleged mostly milkmen were bribing the town officials for getting permission of keeping animals in the residential localities. He said the officials were playing role of an informer of the milkmen and they used to alert them in case of any routine checking or during the drive against cattle. The officials used to advise the milkmen to take their cattle away from the City boundaries for the time being and as soon the drive ended they would allow them to get their animals back in the City, he added.

The experts have been predicting severe attack of dengue virus this year as compare to the last year because of enhanced breed and growth of the deadly mosquitoes particularly the dengue mosquitoes due to acute dirty places and lack of cleaning facilities.

A large number of residents of these residential vicinities, office-bearers of welfare societies of LDA’s controlled colonies and others appealed the CM to take notice of the matter personally.