Finally swinging into action, Chandigarh Municipal Corporation on Monday began aggressive sterilisation of stray dogs at its newly-built sterilisation centre in Sector 38 West.
Area wise sterilisation will be done, beginning with Sectors 17 to 20.
Owing to the rising dog bite cases and stray dogs’ population which has touched nearly 10,000, MC has been under fire from residents and the media.
Even MC commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh had admitted that the civic body’s dog sterilisation programme has “completely failed” to check the rising number of stray dogs in the city.
On Monday, UT home secretary Anurag Aggarwal inaugurated the dog sterilisation centre in Sector 38 West.
The MC has signed an MoU with Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), Udgir, Maharashtra, for running the sterilisation centre and Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme in Chandigarh.
MC joint commissioner Rajeev Gupta said on the first day of the campaign, 14 dogs were sterilised.
He said a total of 104 kennels had been constructed at the centre at a cost of Rs 35 lakh, and a target for sterilisation of minimum 450 dogs in a month had been assigned to the SPCA under the programme.
The NGO would be paid Rs 972 for a dog for catching, sterilisation, anti-rabies vaccination, feeding, post-operative care and releasing the dog in its territory.
A permanent “V” mark will be notched in the right ear of each sterilised dog.
In addition to that, a red dye mark in the head and red collar in the neck of male dog, and green dye mark in the head and green collar in the neck of a female dog will be placed after sterilisation.
Among others present on the occasion included senior deputy mayor Rajesh Gupta, deputy mayor Gurbax Rawat and area councillor Arun Sood.