Res­i­dents vow to fight an­i­mal cru­elty NMMC aims at mak­ing city open defe­ca­tion free by Oct

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

For the eighth con­sec­u­tive year, the an­i­mal lovers of Navi Mum­bai gath­ered at Vashi to ob­serve ‘Poi­son Bis­cuit Day’.

On this day in 2008, around 45 stray dogs in Nerul were poi­soned. On July 9 in 2008, some uniden­ti­fied peo­ple threw poi­sonous bis­cuits and mut­ton pieces from a mov­ing car. The stray dogs in the area died soon af­ter eat­ing the bis­cuits and meat. The event is or­gan­ised every year to re­mem­ber that tragic in­ci­dent.

Aditi Lahiri, an ac­tivist said, “When we went to the po­lice sta­tion to reg­is­ter an FIR af­ter the in­ci­dent, the po­lice of­fi­cers told us that an­i­mal in In­dia are con­sid­ered to be prop­erty of peo­ple.”

“So when an an­i­mal dies, his owner can come and reg­is­ter an FIR. But when stray dogs die, there is no pro­vi­sion of reg­is­ter­ing any case. So this case re­mained un­reg­is­tered till date,” she said.

“The po­lice did not even come to see the car­casses of the dogs af­ter they were in­formed about Res­i­dents gather out­side Vashi rail­way sta­tion on ‘Poi­son Bis­cuit Day’ on Satur­day.

it. If the law en­force­ment agen­cies be­have like this how will such crim­i­nals de­ter to kill an­i­mals?” she said.

Ac­tivists con­ducted a sig­na­ture cam­paign de­mand­ing stronger law to pre­vent cru­elty against an­i­mals. They lit can­dles

pay­ing for the mas­sa­cred an­i­mals.

Aarti Chauhan, an­other ac­tivist, said, “Ad­min­is­tra­tion alone can­not save an­i­mals. It should be our col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect them. If every hous­ing so­ci­ety adopts at least two stray

dogs there will hardly any stray dogs in the city.”

Lahiri said “By con­duct­ing sur­veys both NMMC and Cidco should iden­tify the an­i­mals which are at re­pro­duc­tive stage and do the req­ui­site mea­sures in­stantly.”

The NMMC has un­der­taken a spe­cial drive to make Navi Mum­bai an open defe­ca­tion free city.

Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe has or­dered all ward of­fices and Swachh Ma­ha­rash­tra Ab­hiyan cell of the civic body to take nec­es­sary pre­ven­tive mea­sures and also make pro­vi­sion for toi­let fa­cil­i­ties for cit­i­zens.

NMMC has un­der Swachh Ma­ha­rash­tra Ab­hiyan (ur­ban) de­cided to give grants for con­struc­tion of pri­vate house­hold toi­lets.

NMMC has started giv­ing a grant of Rs17,000 to the ben­e­fi­cia­ries who con­struct their pri­vate toi­lets.

NMMC has so far re­ceived 2,292 ap­pli­ca­tions for con­struc­tion of pri­vate toi­lets by in­di­vid­u­als. Fol­low­ing their ver­i­fi­ca­tion, 1,384 have been found to be el­i­gi­ble while 620 have been de­clared in­el­i­gi­ble so far.

Work on 403 pri­vate toi­lets has been com­pleted while that of 477 is in progress, 842 ben­e­fi­cia­ries have been given the first in­stal­ment while 287 have been handed over the sec­ond in­stal­ment as well.

Since the an­nounce­ment of the Swachh Bharat Mis­sion of the cen­tral gov­ern­ment, NMMC has con­structed 28 con­tainer style pub­lic toi­lets. Nine pub­lic e-toi­lets too have been in­stalled at 8 places on Thane Be­la­pur road and at 1 place near Kil­le­gaothan. Work is on for four pub­lic toi­lets and one pub­lic toi­let. There are a to­tal of 448 pub­lic and com­mu­nity toi­lets in NMMC area.

Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe, “We are deter­mined to make Navi Mum­bai an open defe­ca­tion free city by Oc­to­ber. Or­ders have been is­sued ac­cord­ingly to all the 8 ward of­fices.”

He added, “I have asked of­fi­cials to pe­nalise those who in­dulge in open defe­ca­tion and also pro­vide toi­lets for the cit­i­zens at places where re­quired. We are also en­sur­ing that peo­ple eas­ily get the grant for the pri­vate toi­lets and are cre­at­ing aware­ness on it.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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