Even after several deadlines for building the dog shelter near PAU police station at Haibowal have passed, the work on the stray dog sterilisation project is still incomplete.
The last deadline for the project was October 15. Under this project that was initiated five years back, the municipal corporation (MC) had to build a dog shelter for stray dogs, and they had set a target of sterilising 1,000 dogs per month.
In 2009, there were around 25,000 stray dogs as per a survey, but MC is not having current data on dog population in the city.
The problem of dog menace is increasing day-by-day in the city, but still the MC that is the authority to deal with the situation is ill-equipped and not prepared to initiate sterilisation of dogs in a legal way.
Authorities have so far not even stepped ahead for action against dog menace in the city, as many dog-bite cases are being reported in the city.
Recently a 14-year-old boy, who was killed after a pack of stray dogs, chased him, as a result of which he lost balance and his motorcycle had rammed into a transformer in Sunder Nagar.
According to sources, there at an average 600 cases of dog bites are reported every month at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital Ludhiana. Besides, many cases are reported at other nursing homes and clinic in the city.
Harshveer Singh, 13, a resident of BRS Nagar, said, “A stray dog bit me when I was playing in the park near my house last month. This dog barks at every commuter passing through the area. Afterwards five vaccinations were administered to me through injections. But the authorities concerned are not taking any action against these dogs.”
Varinder Singh, contractor, who is constructing the building of dog shelter, said, “The payment regarding dog shelter was pending for the past six months, therefore I had stopped the work.”
“I got the payment of my billing material through cheque on Monday and I have started the work on the dog shelter,” he said.
He said, MC health and sanitation wing chief Amarjeet Singh Sekhon said, “I will look into this matter and assure the completion of the project in time.”