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