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Cattle Tapes Curb Accidents


The Regional Transport Organisations across the State has started putting reflective stickers on the horns and necks of the cattle to help out people to have more visibility on stray cattle sleeping on roads and highways.


Sanjeeb Kumar Panda, Transport Commissioner held discussions with Regional Transport Officers (RTO)s and has implemented the innovative Program, which is implemented across the State.

In fact stray cattle are posing serious problem on the vehicular movement on the city roads and national highways. So it was decided to put reflective stickers on the horns and neck of the stray cattle folks, said Mr.Panda.

Mr.Panda said “In order to enhance visibility of the stray cattle sleeping or standing on the roads, it was decided to put reflective stickers on the horns and necks of the cattle so that the driver can know about them from a longer distance”.

Accordingly State Transport Authority (STA) issued an order to this effect and is being implemented in letter and spirit by the RTOs, said a senior officer in STA.

Reports reaching from RTO Offices from Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Nuapada, Baripada reveal that this initiative has been paying dividends and drivers are happy.

With rise in road accidents, STA is taking several steps to curb accidents on roads and highways and it is one of such steps, said Mr.Panda.

Cattle roaming on the roads is a major menace in the towns and urban zones so also on the highways, admit officials.

Due to accidents on Highways about 43,000 persons have died in over one lakh road accidents in the State during the past 10 years.
Commerce and Transport Minister Nrushingha Charan Sahoo told the Odisha Legislative Assembly that as many as 8181 road accidents during 2008 killed 3079 persons, seriously injured 4363 while 5594 persons sustained minor injuries.

However, by 2017 as many as 1,08,55 accidents claimed 4790 lives and injured as many as 5412 seriously.
 In the subsequent year-2018- as many as 8292 road accidents were reported in which 3817 persons died and 8718 were injured, the Minister informed the House.     

Under this backdrop, how many accidents are occurring due to cattle menace is not reported, though drivers complain about roaming of stray cattle on the roads.
 


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