Expressing concern over the growing number of stray dogs at the Sukhna lake, a division bench of the Punjab and Haryana high court wondered that was the municipal corporation taking any steps to check the menace at the lake.
“Are human rights less than the animal rights,” questioned a division bench of Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday while hearing a petition on stray dog menace at Sukhna lake.
“Does the life of a common man not have any importance? It is necessary to take effective steps to save human lives,” observed the bench.
As the hearing commenced, the MC citied regulations of 2001 as per which any stray dog picked has to be dropped back to same area from where they were picked.
At this, the HC observed that the Sukhna was for the common man and thus it was necessary to ensure they were provided safety at the lake. “There is ban on taking pet dogs to the lake. Then why can’t stray dogs be removed from the area,” observed the HC. The HC has asked the amicus curiae (advocate it appoints to assist it) Tanu Bedi and the MC to come up with a solution by the next hearing.
“The rules that the MC is citing are related to the birth of stray dogs and does not have anything to do with controlling the stray dog menace,” said Bedi. He has been asked to provide the regulations framed in 2001 and 2015 Supreme Court interim orders on the issue to the court.
Work on to remove weed from lake
High court was apprised that 8-10 workers are working on daily basis and removing two-three trolley loads on daily basis. Water is being refilled in the lake on daily basis with help of tubewells that had led to increase in water level at lake which is leading to problems in removing weeds from the lake.