The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation seems to have learnt no lessons from the death of 6-year-old Sadia, a Manimajra girl who contracted rabies after being bitten by stray dogs last month. No? Ask residents of Sector 35-C.
The civic body is yet to act on a complaint filed by 30 residents of the area against the presence of nearly 12 stray canines being petted by a beleaguered dog lover.
On May 6, the residents wrote to the MC commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh and mayor Poonam Sharma that another resident, "living in house no. 2339" in the locality, has been feeding dogs each morning and evening for the past several years. This, they said, has caused the canines to stick around the place a lot, creating panic among people.
"The dogs have already bitten seven people in the past few months," said a resident, "It seems the MC is waiting for somebody to be killed by the dogs to take action."
Most of the residents said they no more allow their children to go to the park to play, lest they be bitten.
Even the elderly have stopped going for their morning and evening walks, the residents alleged.
The issue was also taken up by nominated councillor, Major DS Sandhu (retd), in the House meeting on April 29, but it failed to yield action by the civic body.
Now, the residents have warned the MC to take action soon or prepared be dragged to the court.
Most of times, the residents said, the man who feed the dogs locks the animals inside his house, and they keep barking, "spoiling our peace of mind".
The man accused of causing the stray dog problem in the locality by petting the canines is Rajiv Kumar. Kumar admitted that he feeds the dogs and said he does so because he loves dogs.
"I also take care of their vaccination from time to time," Kumar added.
But under fire now, Kumar said he is ready to send the dogs "anywhere where the MC asks me to."
Joint commissioner of the MC, Rajiv Gupta said he has already sought a report from medical officer health and assured that action will be taken soon.
The mayor on the other hand, acted on the complaint and sought removal of the dogs from the locality with immediate effect.
Until today, however, the dogs are there, and continue to be fed, by Kumar of course.