Panchkula MC to fine pet dog owners for open defecation from August 1

MC commissioner-cum-administrator Rajesh Jogpal said the civic body will impose a penalty every time a pet owner is found allowing dog to poop in the open areas such as roads, parks, footpaths. He said Rs 500 fine is to be paid for the first time, while it will keep increasing during next violations.

punjab Updated: Jul 29, 2018 19:40 IST
Hindustan Times, Panchkula
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The public notice issued by the MC mentions that a person who violates the order will have to pay 500 in the first instance, Rs 1,000 in the second instance, Rs 2,500 third time and Rs 5,000 will be imposed for each subsequent offence.(Google)

After Chandigarh, now Panchkula municipal corporation (MC) is all set to impose fine on pet dog owners for defecation in open spaces. A public notice was issued on Friday and the orders will be imposed from August 1, said officials.

MC commissioner-cum-administrator Rajesh Jogpal said the civic body will impose a penalty every time a pet owner is found allowing dog to poop in the open areas such as roads, parks, footpaths. He said Rs 500 fine is to be paid for the first time, while it will keep increasing during next violations.

The public notice issued by the MC mentions that a person who violates the order will have to pay 500 in the first instance, Rs1,000 in the second instance, Rs 2,500 third time and Rs 5,000 will be imposed for each subsequent offence.

“Officials of the engineering wing, including sanitary inspectors, have been assigned the duty of checking the violations and imposing challans. Also, if the pet owner fails to pay the fine, it would be added to his house tax,” added Jogpal.

Officials said a team for the task will also verify pictures sent on WhatsApp of the violation and issue challans accordingly.

MC gets ultrasonic dog repellents

The civic body will soon install ultrasonic dog repellents at public places to keep stray dogs away. MC commissioner Rajesh Jogpal said they have received six dog repellers, which will be installed in different parks. “Earlier we bought 10 such devices which were for short range. Results were good and we planned for these devices that can have a good range in public places. These devices are common abroad and not harmful for animals,” he said.

Last week, representatives from the Chandigarh MC visited the office of Panchkula civic body to review these devices. Officials said the representatives, including veterinary doctor from Chandigarh MC, discussed about the stray dog menace and went through functioning of the dog repellents.

First Published: Jul 29, 2018 19:40 IST