The East Delhi municipal corporation will set up the city’s first government-run graveyard in Ghazipur. Civic agencies have been relying on private contractors and NGOs to dispose of dead dogs, which is expensive and often painful for dog owners.
“Pet owners have suffered a lot, not knowing what to do when their pets pass away. It’s a great service to offer,” said Geeta Seshamani, co-founder of Friendicoes SECA.
The facility, which will come up on one acre at the Ghazipur landfill, will also house a sterilization and veterinary centre that will help control canine population in the city that reports a dog bite every six minutes.
“The combined facility… will have a monthly capacity to sterilize 100 dogs. It takes at least three days to sterilize a dog,” a civic official said.
The north and the south Delhi municipal corporations, too, will set up sterilization centres. The south body also plans a green-waste powered electric crematorium for small animals.
The civic bodies have faced criticism with the dog population reporting a steady rise since 2013. To sterilize dogs, Delhi relies on NGOs, which is a drain on cash-strapped civic bodies.
While the three municipal corporations spend crores of rupees on sterilising strays every year, they still don’t have a count of the dog population. A conservative estimate puts their numbers at around 600,000, sources said.
Around 7,729 cases of dog bite were received every month by the city’s 35 government hospitals in 2015. The figure is expected to be much higher as privates hospitals are not required to report these cases to the government.