Almost a month after the North Delhi Municipal Corporation decided to conduct a dog census, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) too has decided keep count.
Unlike the north civic body, the SDMC has decided to take help from a non-governmental organisation (NGO) for the census, which is likely to begin in May.
Sources in the corporation said the NGOs will follow a seven-point guideline which includes avoiding repeat counting, keeping a tab on the sterilised dogs and following the rules set by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI). It will be given 10 weeks to conduct the census and submit its findings.
“We have issued a clear directive that during the census no dogs should be harmed. A team of our doctors and inspectors will supervise the process,” said a senior official.
There are 104 wards in the four zones under the south civic body.
Unlike north Delhi, where only stray dogs are being counted, the NGO in south Delhi will be tasked with counting pet canines. The exercise is expected to cost the municipal corporation Rs 5.50 lakh.
“Having a census will help us form policies and highlight the localities where sterilisation needs maximum attention. It would also help us understand the veterinary requirements in our areas,” said RBS Tyagi, director of Veterinary Sciences, SDMC.
Dog sterilisation is one of the primary responsibilities of the municipal corporation. However, due to lack of manpower, the corporation has failed to keep a check on the dog population.