No end to the stray menace in Panvel
WORRY Cidco spent ` 36 lakh to sterilse stray dogs last year; measures prove ineffective without zilla parishad’s support, says a local activist
PANVEL: Earlier this week, a Panvel resident Dol Bahadur Saru’s daughter died after she was bitten by a stray dog at Khutari village. But this is just one of the many incidents that show how Panvel is still plagued by the stray dog menace.
According to data available with the Cidco’s health department, between August 2013 and March 2015, around 3,500 people have been administered anti-rabies vaccines after being bitten by stray dogs.
The City and Industrial and Development Cor poration (Cidco) has spent around Rs36 lakh on sterlisation of stray dogs in Panvel taluka last year. Despite these measures, locals continue to be bitten. Unfortunately, the zilla parishad, too, has failed to take any action to curb the menace, said Vishal Sawant, a local activist.
“Despite drafting a policy on anti- rabies vaccine, the zilla parishad has not yet implemented it. There is also shortage of sterilisation centres in taluka to reduce population of stray dogs,” said Sawant.
Cidco officials said they are doing their best to control the situation.
Panvel tehsildar, Pawan Chandak, said, “It is a serious issue and we are trying our best to resolve it. But to resolve this menace, we would require the zilla parishad officials to be proactively involved. We are following up on the matter with them.”
Sawant said, “As per a survey conducted by the Raigad zilla parishad last year, there were 8,000 stray dogs in Panvel taluka. But these so-called animal lovers have contributed to increasing the stray dog population in the taluka.”
A senior police officer on condition of anonymity said, “The animal lovers offer eatables to stray dogs. After the stray dogs disappear, they approach the local police station asking them to locate the missing stray dogs. If officials of the police station fail to locate the stray dogs, the animal lovers approach the police commissioner for the same.”