Coimbatore: The city corporation on Friday rescued 100 head of cattle from a private land at LG Thottamkempatty Colony at Ukkadam that were reared under poor hygienic condition.
Sanitary workers from CMC colonies at Ukkadam, Variety Hall Road and LG Thottam owned the cattle, corporation sources said. “They had been rearing the cattle on the two-acre land in a residential area for the last 30 years. They had set up a shed to keep the animals,” an official said.

“Due to the incessant rain, the ground had turned into slush. But the owners did nothing to clean the place. They were feeding hotel waste and waste collected from markets to the animals. With food waste mixed with cow dung and sludge, the place was in a very bad shape. Foul smells permeated the residential area. But the cattle owners continued to sell milk from the cattle,” he told TOI.

Corporation officials directed the cattle owners to take the animals to their home. “Five head of cattle that found no takers were sent to the city zoo,” said Senthilnathan, director of the zoo.

Accusing the owners for not taking proper care of the cattle, the corporation had penalized them several times in the past for letting the animals stray on local roads.

After the animals were rescued, the civic body formed five teams with 40 workers and removed bushes around the site and levelled the ground. The place will be used as a playground for children until the owner claims ownership over the land, an official said.

Local residents had blamed the poor condition of the place for fever cases reported from the area. However, health officials of the corporation, who conducted a survey consisting of 486 families, said that they found only three fever patients in the area. “As a preventive measure, we have distributed abate medicine to the households in the region to check spread of mosquitoes,” the official added.

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