The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday directed the Chandigarh municipal corporation to start a pilot project from Sector16 to maintain cleanliness of the sector to avoid roaming of stray dogs mainly near to the garbagedumping areas.
As per the HC orders, before starting of such pilot project, survey of stray dogs in Sector 16 should be undertaken and after maintenance of proper cleanliness of the sector area for a complete month, again survey about number of stray dogs in the sector should be carried out and the report be submitted to the court.
The court was of the view that it was mainly because of the lack of cleanliness, scattered garbage as well as eatables in various sectors that stray dogs menace is uncontrollable.
However, the municipal corporation, in its reply submitted to the HC that from June 8-11, a team, headed by city mayor Harphool Chander Kalyan, and six councillors and corporation officials had visited Nashik in Maharashtra to study dog menace and measure taken by the municipal body to control the same.
After the study tour, the committee made several recommendations like creation of own infrastructure for sterilisation and operation of dogs, association non-government organisation for conducting sterilisation operations and postoperative treatment, creation of common incineration facility for dead dogs and other animals to dispose them off scientifically.
It was also informed that the issue of dog menace was also discussed in the general house meeting of the corporation on May 13. The case will now come up for hearing on July 27.