Even as Amritsar has been included in the ‘smart city’ list, stray dog menace continues to plague it.
Dogs can be seen roaming freely in packs in various parts of the city. Besides posing the threat of potential dog bites, they prove as a hindrance to traffic flow. Ranjit Avenue, White Avenue, Basant Avenue and Medical Enclave are the worst affected besides narrow lanes in interior parts of the walled city.
Ruby Bhasin, a resident of Majitha Road, said: “It becomes difficult for elderly people and children to move around freely because of the presence of stray dogs.”
Nandini Sharma, a resident of White Avenue, said: “The locality has a number of stray dogs. Although there have not been a dog bite case, the fear is always there.”
Not all people, however, are lucky. The civil hospital on an average receives 10 cases of dog bite daily. With the growing number of dog bite cases, a separate rabies centre was also established at the hospital to treat the victims.
In December last year, two kids were mauled by stray dogs in Bhagtanwala and Ranjit Avenue areas. The municipal corporation did make an effort to control the menace by launching a dog sterilisation drive, but it has failed to make a difference.