Stray dog menace in the city has reached an alarming level in the past many months. Residents of different city areas are even afraid to step out of their houses due to fear. The municipal corporation (MC) has miserably failed in execution of dog sterilisation project. Moreover, the number of cases of stray dog bites has also been increasing day by day.
“The municipal corporation had turned a blind eye towards the dog menace in various areas of the city. Even upmarket areas, including Sarabha Nagar, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Model Town, New Model Town, Kochar market, Atam Nagar and Gurdev Nagar, are facing this problem for the past many years, but officials concerned have not taken any action regarding the issue,” claimed the residents. The situation is almost similar in all the areas across the city, but the municipal corporation officials are expressing their helplessness.
The municipal corporation’s two crore project for sterilisation of dogs is hanging fire for more than three years.
According to an municipal corporation official, three rooms and around 20 kennels were to be constructed for this project. In 2009, there were around 25,000 stray dogs as per a survey. “Number of stray dogs in the city seems much more now,” said a resident.
Dog bite cases
As many as 3,271 cases have been reported in Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital between February last year and January 7. As many as 172 cases were reported in February last year, 81 cases in March, 157 cases in April, 320 cases in May, 317 cases in June, 276 cases in July, 517 cases in August, 535 cases in September, 200 cases in October, 325 in November, 321 in December and 50 cases in January this year.
There are many cases which are not reported at the government hospital as people most of the time visit nearby private clinics for the purpose. However some residents also expressed that the stray dogs also sit on top of their cars. Children avoid going alone on the streets due to the menace.
According to municipal corporation sources, the Vet Society for Animal Welfare and Rural Development, a Hyderabad-based organisation, which is carrying out the sterilisation project, has now given January 15 deadline to the MC to provide a building to start the 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. Medical specialist in Ludhiana civil hospital Dr Avinash Jindal said, “More than 50 cases of dog bites come in a week. There must be many cases that are not reported in the hospital. Residents prefer to visit nearby private clinics.”