Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014

Five years on, dog sterilisation project by MC yet to take off

The under construction building for sterlisation of dogs at Haibowal in Ludhiana. (Source: Gurmeet Singh) The under construction building for sterlisation of dogs at Haibowal in Ludhiana. (Source: Express photo by Gurmeet Singh)
Written by Divya Goyal | Ludhiana | Posted: July 13, 2014 4:46 am

Hanging fire since 2009, the project for sterilization of dogs by Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has failed to take off. Hyderabad based NGO- Vet Society for Animal Welfare and Rural Development- given the tender by MC has now even started warning MC to provide infrastructure at the earliest as their team is waiting since three months.

The work orders for construction of three rooms and 20 kennels, as per NGO’s requirement started in March this year in Haibowal but not even 50% work is complete and three months deadline is over.

Spending Rs 40 lakh on construction, MC promised infrastructure to be ready by June. But even as stray dogs continue to attack people, the target set to sterilize 25,000 dogs in 2009 has gone down the drain and achieved figure stands at zero.

A source from MC health department told Newsline, “Construction of 20 kennels is pending and work of three rooms has not even started. Hyderabad team calls often to warn MC that their teams have waited endlessly but we have failed to complete rooms. We cannot afford to cancel agreement also as no other firm recognized by Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) is available for work. We faced great difficulty in finding this NGO.”

Contacted, Dr Y P Singh, senior vet officer, MC, said, “Work is running behind the schedule. We are urging buildings and roads department to complete work at the earliest. Hyderabad team is eager to start the work and are waiting for our green signal only. I cannot give any deadline as B&R department is responsible for construction.”

A survey by MC in 2009 confirmed more than 25,000 stray dogs in the city and  target was them by 2010.

Five years since then, while dogs population and bit cases continue to increase, not a single dog has been sterlized under this Rs 2 crore project.

Earlier the excuse given by MC officials for failing to start project were the  Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) rules and regulations for Animal Birth Control stating that it was ‘too hard to find a company registered with AWBI’.

Then Hyderabad NGO which will charge Rs 765 per dog from MC was finalized which will arrive with its team of catchers, doctors and vans in city. MC also said that it will sterilize 1,000 dogs per month.

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