South Delhi civic body to conduct second dog census in September
Of the three municipal corporations, only the south Delhi civic body has conducted a dog census so far.Updated: Jul 30, 2018 09:55 IST
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has decided to conduct a second round of dog census in the area under its jurisdiction from the second week of September. In 2016, the civic body had conducted the first census, wherein they had found there are 1,89,285 dogs in the area, of which around 27.49% were female and 28.31% were male.
“We will float tenders for conducting dog census soon after we get approval from the SDMC commissioner. The process will take at least one month. The census will help us to get the exact dog figures and evaluate if the sterlisation initiatives we had taken up after the first dog census have actually helped curb canine population,” said RB Tyagi, director, veterinary department, SDMC.
Of the three municipal corporations, only the south Delhi civic body has conducted a dog census so far. In the survey, the corporation found the total dog population in the area was 1,89,285, but only 64,837 dogs were sterilised.
“After the first survey, we had opened new sterilisation centres with the help of Delhi government at four places —Bijwasan, Nangli, Tuglakabad and Masoodpur to enhance the capacity to sterilise 180 dogs per day. We also bought 12 dog vans. The money given to NGO’s for bringing stray dogs for sterilisation was also increased from Rs 770 to Rs 1,000 per dog. This was done to encourage steralisation,” said Tyagi.
However, Abhinav Srihan, an animal activist, said the first dog census had failed to bring any change in the situation. “Census is good as far as it brings about desired results. But I don’t think there has been any reduction in dog population after the first survey. The MCD’s dog sterlisation centres barely accept strays brought in by animal activists. It is important for the civic agency to work in coordination with activists to target dog population in each area,” he said.
On the direction of Delhi High Court, a joint survey of 72 Delhi government veterinary hospital was conducted.
A report on the issue mentions 16 veterinary hospitals have space for opening sterlisation centres, said an SDMC official. At present, the civic agency has 12 dog sterilisation centres run by seven NGOS and one veterinary doctor.
The department aims to open its 15th dog sterilisation centre at Dwarka by August-end. It will have the capacity to sterilise at least 80 dogs in a day.