Several complaints of a leading industrialist of the city to the Municipal Corporation (MC) in the last three months regarding dog menace in one of the posh locality of Model Town have fallen on deaf ears as the MC authorities have failed to take any action regarding the issue.
Stray dog menace has increased to such an extent that people have stopped sending their kids outside to play during evenings. Efforts of the MC have miserably failed in absence of sterilisation programme for stray dogs. The problem has become so intense that residents are infuriated over the silence of the authorities.
Resident claims that the MC has turned a blind eye towards the dog menace in various areas of the city. Even the upmarket areas, including Sarabha Nagar, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar and Model Town, are facing this problem since the past many years.
Avtar Singh Bhogal, a resident of Model Town, said, "A group of stray dogs in our area have created so much nuisance that people are scared to go alone on roads. A few days back, a group of dogs surrounded school going children and were about to bite them. I had to chase them away. This is an everyday issue here. A person has to think many times to go outside due to the stray dog menace."
"The MC has no solution to this problem as I have raised this point with the officials concerned, but no one has taken a serious note of this problem. Moreover, nowaday's dogs have started to sit on the cars' top, therby making it difficult for the owner to open the car door."
Prem Joshi, a resident of BRS Nagar, said, "I spend an hour everyday early in the morning with a stick to chase the dogs. There is a pack of dogs that used to sit at the corner of the road and bark at passersby. Residents of our area do not allow their kids to go alone outside due to this menace."
"Many a times, commuters meet with accident due to this menace. Moreover, they have also attacked a small child, who was playing near his house, a few months back. Authorities should look into the matter immediately as this menace has raised fear among people of the area," she said.
Medical specialist in the Ludhiana civil hospital Dr Avinash Jindal said, "In a week, around 30-40 patients come complaining of dog bites." According to the sources, as many people go to private clinics in the city, there is no proper count of dog attacks.
Chief of health and sanitation wing, MC, Amarjeet Singh Sekhon said, "The MC is waiting for the completion of the building to be used for dog sterilisation project. It is supposed to be complete within next 15 days and after that this problem will be reduced." An official of the MC expressed that the project was delayed due to the non-payment of pending dues of the contractor.
According to MC sources, Vet Society for Animal Welfare and Rural Development, a Hyderabad-based organisation, which is carrying out the project, has now given January 15 deadline to the MC to provide a building to start the sterilisation project or else it will consider leaving the project. The deadline has been extended four times in the past. The last deadline was November 30.