Soon, keeping a pet dog will get five times costlier.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has proposed to increase the dog licence fee from Rs100 to Rs500.
“We have sent the proposal to the state government and are awaiting its nod,” said GT Ambe, executive health officer.
According to data available with the BMC, there are 27,147 pet dogs in the city, but less that one third of them have licences. This means the BMC has lost revenue of more than Rs5 crore in the last five years.
“The current charges were finalised several years ago. Considering the increase in procedural cost, the proposed hike is required,” said an official with the civic health department, which issues and renews licences for pet dogs.
Section 191 (A) of the BMC Act makes it mandatory for owners of pet dogs, except those under six months, to obtain a licence.
Data also reveal that 25% of dog bite cases are by pets and hence it becomes more important to procure a licence, which will result into regular vaccination and a check on rabies, too.
Activists also believe that issuing licences to pets will help the BMC follow the poop-scoop law more diligently.
The act gives the “police or any officer authorised by the commissioner” the authority to detain dogs that poop on public property until the tax is paid.