Having realised the delay in sterilisation of stray dogs, the municipal corporation has now decided to conduct sterilisation of 25,000 dogs within a year now.
Earlier, the MC had aimed to complete the Rs 2-crore stray dog sterilisation project, conceived over three years ago, in two years.
Though the project was to initiate on Sunday, the corporation will now launch it on February 25, as officials of the Hyderabad-based Vets Society for Animal Welfare and Rural Development who were to carry out the project fell sick and have been admitted to Christian Medical College and Hospital.
A meeting of MC officials with mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria was conducted on Saturday following which it was decided that the first phase of sterilisation of 25,000 dogs would be completed within a year, following which plan for the next phase would be decided.
Now, as part of the project, nearly 80 stray dogs would be sterilised every day. For this, four veterinarians have been deputed at the Veterinary Hospital on Hambran Road that was especially set up for the project. The hospital comprises an operation theatre, three rooms and 20 kennels.
MC joint commissioner Amarjeet Singh Sekhon said, "We have decided that the project will be completed within one year. We can also conduct another survey to know the fresh counting of population of stray dogs."
Sekhon said, "The project will be started by February 25. It was earlier decided that two doctors will perform this project with an average 40 cases daily. Now, four veterinary doctors will perform surgeries and sterilise at least 80 dogs a day."
He added that 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 1,000dogs a month.
The MC officials have planned to start this project from the outer areas of city and eventually cover all wards. Sekhon said the dogs would be picked up by the MC staff and dropped at the same place after sterilisation
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.