High court pulls up MC over ‘study’ tour to Nashik
Irked over Chandigarh municipal corporation’s (MC) lackadaisical attitude of handling the stray dog menace, the Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the MC joint commissioner to remain present in the court on Thursday.chandigarh Updated: Aug 28, 2014 12:42 IST
Irked over Chandigarh municipal corporation’s (MC) lackadaisical attitude of handling the stray dog menace, the Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the MC joint commissioner to remain present in the court on Thursday.
Justice Rajan Gupta also directed the joint commissioner, Rajiv Kumar Gupta, to apprise the court of the expenses incurred on the trip of councillors and corporation officials made to Nashik, Maharashtra, recently for studying the procedures adopted by Nashik municipal corporation to curb dog menace.
The court said, “This court will order CBI enquiry whether the corporation is utilising money properly or not. Dog menace case is becoming a corruption matter… You are going to Nashik for the study and come out with nothing. You could have got the information about the same from the internet itself.”
The court said the corporation had taken no concrete steps even after the ‘study trip’ to Nashik. “See your reply. You are going to Nashik to study. What for? Don’t you people know to operate internet?” asked justice Gupta. Refusing to buy any argument of the corporation, justice Gupta remarked, “The court cannot prolong this issue by just going through your affidavits. Address the court on the maintenance, if any (to be given to dog bite victims). Corporation had not taken any action despite the division bench’s judgment earlier orders except trips to Nashik and other places.”
Appearing for the petitioner, advocate Kunal Mulwani submitted newspaper reports before the court wherein it was reported that on August 11 a stray dog had bitten a three-year-old boy on the face in Bapu Dham. Another news report showed a stray dog passing in front of the Independence Day parade at Sector 17 parade ground. On this, the court directed the corporation that it would be at liberty to verify the facts of the newspaper reports and submit its reply.
The joint commissioner in his reply informed the court that in compliance of last court orders, the corporation has launched a pilot project in Sector 16 and put additional staff and equipment to ensure adequate sanitation and cleanliness in the area to keep away stray dogs.
A total of 30 challans had been issued to violators for violating provisions of Chandigarh MC sanitation and public health bylaws. The court was also informed that another anti-rabies clinic had been made functional at the civil dispensary of Sector 38 on August 16, and an e-tender had already been floated for hiring services of non-government organisations (NGOs) recognised by the animal welfare board of India for the animal birth control programme of stray dogs. It was submitted that the Chandigarh administration was providing anti-rabies vaccination at the subsidised rate of Rs 100 and anti-rabies serum at subsidised cost of Rs 50 to dog bite victims.
He also shared that a universal helpline/short digit number 155-304 had been made available for lodging complaints, besides the online lodging of complaints at the official website www.mcchandigarh.gov.in.