NMMC finds plot for dog ster­il­i­sa­tion cen­tre

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Af­ter a fran­tic search of five years, the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) has fi­nally found a 9-acre re­serve plot to start a ster­il­i­sa­tion cen­tre for the stray dogs in the city.

The cen­tre will come up in Turbhe MIDC ( Ma­ha­rash­tra In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion) area. Ten­ders have been floated by the civic body.

As dog men­ace con­tin­ues to rise, 30-32 dog bite cases are re­ported in the city daily, ac­cord­ing to the NNMC. There are re­port­edly be­tween 30,000 and 35,000 stray dogs in the city. How­ever, due to the lack of space to con­duct sterli­sa­tion, only around 400 to 500 ca­nines are ster­ilised ev­ery month, out of re­quired 2,500 dogs.

Over the years, ob­jec­tions by lo­cal res­i­dents and other tech­ni­cal is­sues pre­vented a plot from be­ing fi­nalised. The cen­tre ear­lier op­er­ated from near Ko­pri vil­lage in Vashi. Since the Vashi site was in a di­lap­i­dated state, the cen­tre was shifted tem­po­rar­ily to a shed in Turbhe area. The NMMC even looked for ar­eas in Pan­vel, but it did not meet suc­cess even there.

“The NMMC had ear­lier planned to con­struct the cen­tre un­der Ko­pri fly­over, how­ever, the lo­cal res­i­dents op­posed it. There was sim­i­lar op­po­si­tion in San­pada, where the civic body had iden­ti­fied another plot. Res­i­dents again op­posed it near Amra Marg in CBD Be­la­pur,” Vaib­hav Jhun­jare, an NMMC vet­eri­nary of­fi­cer, said.The ster­il­i­sa­tion con­tract at present has been given by the NMMC to the NGO In De­fence of An­i­mals. “The pro­posed cen­tre will en­able good care of the dogs and also en­sure that their pop­u­la­tion is kept in check,” Jhun­jare said. The ster­il­i­sa­tion con­tract at present has been given by the NMMC to the NGO In De­fence of An­i­mals.

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