Fed up with the increasing pig population in Shivpuri town, the civic body has sought 'shooters' who can shoot the pigs.
The local residents have been affected by the pigs to such an extent that the authorities were forced to take this decision and even floated a tender for it.
The 'shooter' must have a licenced gun and cartridges. The applicant has to accompany a copy of his licence and apply to the municipal council, which will later decide the rates. After the bids are received, the municipal authorities will take a decision on giving contract to the shooters on the basis of the rates offered by the applicants.
However, animal rights' activists have come up in defence of the pigs and criticised the move. Activist Puneet Tripathi said that the civic authorities must not shoot the pigs.
"This is cruel and it is not the solution. In fact, other options like shifting the pigs, by removing them from the town, should be considered," said Tripathi who is the founder president of Bhopal-based Animal and Environment Care Organisation.
The municipal authorities will take a decision by May 15 which will be the last date for receiving applications. Subsequently, the shooters will be selected. Sources in the municipal council said care would be taken in selecting the shooters, as no citizen should accidentally get injured in the shooting of pigs.
A resident of Shivpuri Dr Rajendra Gupta had approached the high court bench in this regard. Subsequently, the court asked the municipal authorities to take action to check the pig menace.
Chief municipal officer (CMO) of Shivpuri municipal council Ashok Rawat said the action is being taken on the basis of a court order. "People would be hired to shoot the pigs soon," he added.
(Inputs from Rajesh Gupta)