Taking notice of stray dog menace in the holy city, Amritsar municipal corporation (MC) gave a signal for sterilisation of stray dogs and registration of pet dogs at its general house meeting held at Guru Nanak Bhawan here on Friday evening.
After the passage of the resolution in this regard at the meeting that started at 5.00 pm and lasted for four hours, MC commissioner Sonali Giri (IAS) said Rs 500 each would be charged for registration of pet dogs and the amount that would be collected from registration, would be spent on sterilisation of stray dogs in order to prevent increase in their population.
A token will be issued to every registered pet dog and it will be mandatory for the owner to wear the token in neck of his dog. Besides, 20 cages will also be installed at different places of the city to control the stray dogs.
The house also passed a resolution of levying cow cess under Section 7 of the Punjab Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act, 1955, for the care and maintenance of uneconomic cows. The cess will be charged for transpiration of oil, English wine, sale four wheeler vehicles and for mobile towers.
On pattern of Ahmadabad model, proposal of launching SMS tree campaign was also approved by the house. This campaigning will start from July 11 and total 1 lakh trees will be planted under this.
Pertinently, expressing concern over alarming ground water depletion in the city, the house did not give permission for 62 new tubwell connections. “Amritsar has been declared black zone in respect of ground water by the Central Ground Water Board. So, permission could not be given for new connections,” said Giri.
Resolution of night sanitation of streets and roads located around Sri Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple) was not passed as some councillors Surnder Singh Sultanwind, Jarnail Singh and Amarjit Singh Bhatia raised questions as giving contract of sanitation of broken streets in worthless and wastage of money.
After being questioned by many councillors, regularisation of as many as 195 sewermen, who are working under Mohalla Sudhar Committees, could not get house’s approval. The councillors pointed out some flaws in the list of the sewermen. Some sewermen have been working since 15 years and some have got the job just one month ago. The house raised objection on this fact too.
The house also put bill of promoting leading firemen on hold considering that it is upto the state government to see the seniority of employees.
Issue of selling out land that is located on back side of MC commissioner’s official residence remained unresolved during the meeting as the house rejected the previous auction of the land and asked to conduct fresh auction. The buyer of this land during the previous bid had not deposited the full amount timely. He had only paid 10% of it. As per law, the 10% amount will not be returned, passed the house.
Opposition plays proactive role
During the meeting, the councillors associated with Congress, played proactive role and opposed various proposal brought by the mayor. On some moments, they exchanged heated arguments with the mayor and commissioner. They also protest the commissioner who reached the house few minutes late.