The increasing presence of stray dogs on railway premises has become a headache for railway staff as well as commuters.
At Malad railway station only,one will find as many as 30 stray dogs. In fact,Malad station master J H Khan himself keeps a wooden rod to prevent the dogs from entering his office.
Khan said,Commuters often complain about the dogs at platforms. I have to keep my office door shut to avoid the dogs. I complained to the ward officer a couple of times but have not received any response.
Priya Gupta,a Malad resident,said,As there is a fish market near the station,tonnes of fish is loaded and unloaded from local trains. This attracts the dogs on the railway premises and even at platforms. They often chase commuters and pose a threat.
The situation is more or less the same at other stations including Andheri and Santa Cruz. Commuters there have also complained about the stray dogs.
Railway colonies are also facing the same problem. A resident of Santa Cruz railway colony said,There are so many stray dogs in this colony. A child was recently bitten by a dog. I complained about the incident to the ward officer. They got the dogs teeth removed in a BMC veterinary hospital,but children are still afraid of it and the dog freely roams in the area.