With a view to reducing the increasing population of stray dogs in the city, the Municipal Corporation Jalandhar (MCJ) has decided to set up a dog pond at Nangal Shama village where these canines will be sterilised.
A two-canal empty plot will be used to construct the dog pond near the veterinary hospital at the village. Separate dog kennels will be constructed to keep dogs safe after and before operation.
Sterilisation will be a continuous process for about two to three years till the time the population of stray dogs stabilises. The city is home to over 10,000 stray dogs.
A maximum of 15-20 dogs will be sterilised in a day.
Assistant health officer Dr Harjinder Singh said officials had decided the place for dog pond and the society for stray canine birth control would be registered.
"The construction of the pond will start soon. The best and the latest technology will be used while operating upon stray dogs. Competent doctors will take care of these dogs even after surgery till the time they do not get properly cured," he said.
He said a similar sterilisation project had been running successfully in Ludhiana which had been handed over to a non-government organization (NGO).
MC commissioner Manpreet Singh Chattwal said, "The project would take off soon. Australia-trained doctor will be appointed to perform the operations on stray dogs."
A special committee has been formed under the chairmanship of municipal commissioner Manpreet Singh Chattwal and deputy mayor Arvinder Kaur Oberai is its official secretary.
MC assistant health officer Dr Varinder Kalia, veterinary surgeon Dr Iqbal Singh, Dr Amariqbal Singh from animal husbandry, Dr Bhatti from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Kuldeep Singh Oberai (NGO) and a staffer from the public health department will represent the committee.