KOLKATA: Around 52 cows have been seized — 44 of them handed over to the owners — ever since the cattle shelter was set up by the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) on June 1 this year to stop accidents caused by the movement of on busy roads.

“Ever since the seizure procedure started, it has been noticed that there has not been a single accident due to cattle straying on the road,” said an NKDA official.

Officials said seizures were being carried out with the help of police. “An NKDA team, along with policemen, hits the street to capture stray cattle twice a week. Once a cow or a buffalo is seized, it gets a number tag for identification. It is then registered on the NKDA cattle seizure list along with a photograph. The list is put up on the NKDA website and also on the NKDA notice board, with details like the colour of the animal, its breed, from where it was captured and the date of seizure.

The matter is also communicated to the BDO, local police authorities and the neighbouring gram panchayats so that the owners get to know about the seizure.

When a seized cow/ buffalo is kept in the shelter, it is under the supervision of a veterinary officer. A trained team looks after the cattle and decides on the daily rates for keeping them everyday till they are handed over to their rightful owner. A cow/ buffalo is returned to its owner only after he or she shows a proof and pays the cost of seizure and maintenance of the animals.

According to NKDA sources, there is a provision to sell seized cattle through an auction if there is no claim for over seven days. “Till now, there has been no auction as the owners have come to take away the animals within the stipulated time,” said an official.
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