Improving the pace of sterilisation, setting up a dog shelter and creating public awareness about dog bite cases are some of the measures the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) plans to take up to tackle the menace.
In a detailed reply to a petition on the matter, the civic body told a division bench of the high court on Wednesday that it had sterilised 2,000 dogs in the city between July 14 and October 14 this year and planned to sterilize about 100 stray dogs per day in the near future.
The bench, comprising Justice PK Jaiswal and Justice DK Paliwal, had pulled up the IMC during the last hearing on September 10 for filing a very casual reply and had directed the Indore collector to step in and check incidents of dog bites.
On Wednesday, the IMC said in its reply that the collector held a meeting last month, in which it was decided that the administration would provide around two acres of land in village Baak, situated near the trenching ground, for a dog shelter. About 300-400 dogs, particularly those recently sterilised or mad dogs, could be kept there at a time, it said.
The reply added that it was also decided in the meeting that the IMC would concentrate on sterilising female dogs. It also mentioned the steps taken to create awareness among the public about dog menace. The IMC said it had increased budgetary provision to tackle dog menace by 25 per cent in the current financial year and also ordered for additional equipment.
The municipal body had also signed an MoU with an NGO for sterilizing dogs and the former would be paying Rs 890 per dog, it said. At present, another NGO is doing this job free of cost.
Petitioner's advocate Amitabh Upadhyay, while commenting on IMC's reply, said there was nothing specific about what the IMC had done. "They were only providing plans of what they were going to do," he said. He also apprised the court of the figures of dog bites.