Around 300 to 400 residents of Aditya Mega city and nearby highrises staged a candlelight march in Indirapuram against the growing stray dog menace in their area. Aditya Mega City residents said a small pack of dogs in their apartment complex has become aggressive and several incidents have taken place with residents.
Residents started the march from Aditya Mega City and marched around Windsor Park, Shipra Plaza, Lotus Pond, Habitat Centre and ATS Advantage highrises on Saturday evening.
“The issue is about five stray dogs that have become aggressive. There are about 12 stray dogs in our apartment complex, but apart from these give the rest are friendly and children even play with them. However, we demand that these five dogs be treated so that they don’t attack residents. In the past one and a half months, there have been three to four cases where the stray dogs have attacked residents,” said Priyanka Rana of Aditya Mega City.
Another resident, Mayuri Nigam, who said she suffered severe injuries when she was attacked by five to six stray dogs on the morning of July 21, also participated in the protest.“I am still on leave from my office since the incident and am still visiting the doctor. I have stopped my two-year-old daughter from going downstairs due to fear of dogs. I suffered 10-12 injuries that were termed category ‘C’ by doctors at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Delhi,” she said.
“The government agencies have not been able to resolve the issue. This march was the only way to make our voices heard by agencies,” she added.
However, animal welfare activists said they are willing to get the strays sterilised.
“There are certain legal guidelines that stray dogs cannot be relocated. They can only be sterilised, which will prevent them from becoming aggressive. There have been incidents where dogs have inflicted injuries, but in other cases people get injured when they fall while trying to run away. We have 11-12 stray dogs in our highrise, of which one is still not sterilised. That will be done soon,” said Sumedha Iyer of Aditya Mega city and district president of the animal welfare organisation People for Animals.
On their part, Ghaziabad development authority officials said the municipal corporation should intervene in the matter as it has resources and teams for stray animals.
“Meanwhile, we will take up the matter with senior officials and call up a meeting of departments and stakeholders so that the issue can be discussed and some resolution reached,” said Chakresh Jain, executive engineer, GDA.