Even as the Punjab and Haryana high court has summoned municipal corporation commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh and other officials to appear before it in person on May 5 in connection with the stray dog menace, the public still continues to suffer due to the menace.
The number of dog bites has steadily increased over the years and for the past four months, as many as 25 dog bite cases a day have been reported from the city.
Dr Poornima Saigal, medical officer at the Sector 19 dispensary, the only centre for anti-rabies vaccine in the city, admitted that the number of dog bite cases is increasing.
“Of the bite cases, 80% are due to stray dogs and the rest by pet dogs. Since we have started providing vaccination at subsidised rates, more cases are being reported now,” she said.
At present, stray dogs number around 8,000.
When one looks at the authorities, it seems that there is only talk and very little action on the ground to control the menace.
The issue has been raised and debated in the general house meeting, to no avail.
So, the high court has thus summoned the home secretary, the municipal corporation commissioner and the director department of public health in connection with a petition.
The petitioner Gur mukh Singh had claimed that that the UT administration and the MC had failed to check the menace of the stray dogs and the residens were harassed as a result.
He had cited the speific example of Rose Garden as an area where dogs roamedn freely and the place had been vir tually turned into a no-entry zone for residents due to the threat of the stray dogs.
Nominated councillor major DS Sandhu (retd), who has raised the issue in the house several times, said, “The of ficers are unmoved and have f ail ed to tackle with menace as population is growing very fast and sterilisation of dogs has not been effective at all,” he said.
When contacted , Dr MS Kamboj, superintendent, slaughterhouse, MC said, “We are trying to control the menace.”
SRINAGAR MC COULD SHOW THE WAY
The municipal corporation of Chandigarh can take a cue from its Srinagar local body, which has started cast rating dogs and performing hysterectomy operation on bitches in April last year.