Doon residents, plagued by an unchecked population of stray dogs in the city, threatened to launch an agitation against the Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC).
In July last year, the DMC had announced its plan to catch and sterilize stray dogs at a makeshift facility near Kedarpuram. However, the plan never materialised, according to residents.
“We’re tired of the hollow promises made by the authorities. People are scared to step out on the streets due to heavy presence of stray dogs in many residential areas,” said Mahesh Bhandari, the president of the Doon Resident Welfare Front, an umbrella group of around 60 resident welfare associations of the city.
According to municipal estimates, there are around 15,000 strays in the city and around 25 to 30 dog bites are reported on an average in the city every day.
The group is planning to begin a protest campaign against the civic body, and take the matter to chief minister Harish Rawat, said Bhandari.
Dr Vivekanand Sati, senior veterinary officer of the DMC, said the civic body could not begin the drive as the “required infrastructure could not be arranged due to shortage of resources”.
An Animal Birth Control (ABC) campus with a capacity of housing 300 dogs for sterilization is being built in Kedarpuram area of the state capital, but construction work is far behind schedule.
The high court had in March 2014 given state authorities six months to build the campus and start systematic sterilization surgeries as per the standard operating procedure laid down by the Animal Welfare Board of India.
Municipal commissioner Nitin Singh Bhadauria said over 75% construction work of the ABC Centre was complete. “We’re hopeful that the construction will be over by March and the campus will begin functioning by April,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dr Sati said, the civic staff will be trained in catching stray dogs from across the city to bring for sterilization at the centre.