Three years after its conception, the much-ambitious stray dog sterilisation project will finally take off on February 15.
Under this Rs 2-crore project, a total of 25,000 stray dogs would be sterilised in two years.
The municipal corporation (MC) has awarded the contract for the project to a Hyderabad-based company, Vets Society for Animal Welfare and Rural Development.
Amarjit Singh Sekhon, joint commissioner-cum-chief of health and sanitation, MC, said a Veterinary Hospital on Hambran Road that had been under construction since the last year was now ready. He said the hospital, set up especially for the project, comprised an operation theatre, three rooms and 20 kennels.
Officials from the firm chosen for the project had visited the hospital a few days back and approved it.
Sekhon said the stray dogs would be sterilised using conventional technique which was approved by the Animal Welfare Board of India, adding that the chosen company had been asked to sterilise at least 1,000 dogs a month.
MC's veterinary officer Dr YP Singh said once a stray dog was sterilised, the company would conduct its ear notching (a V shape cut on the dog's ear), to mark that the dog was sterilised.
The Ludhiana MC plans to start this project from one pocket and eventually cover the entire city in a phased manner.
MC additional commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said the project would bring residents respite from the stray dogs, as their sterilisation would control their population, besides making the dogs less aggressive.
He said project would be carried out in a transparent manner, and they would ensure that no dog was harmed in any manner during the entire process.