Stray dogs mul­ti­ply as ster­il­i­sa­tion cen­tre ex­pan­sion put on hold

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

CBD BELAPUR: The Navi Mumbai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion ( NMMC)’s plan to ex­pand its ex­ist­ing seven- year- old tem­po­rary ster­il­i­sa­tion fa­cil­ity at Turbhe has been put on hold.

The lack of ad­e­quate fa­cil­ity at the ex­ist­ing ster­il­i­sa­tion cen­tre has slowed down the process. As a re­sult, stray dog men­ace con­tin­ues to rise in parts of the city.

Ac­cord­ing to a civic body re­port, there are 30,000 stray dogs in the city. NMMC has roped in a pri­vate agency to ster­ilise stray dogs at the Turbhe cen­tre. How­ever, the civic body has been able to con­duct ster­il­i­sa­tion of around 500 dogs a month.

The depart­ment ex­pressed the need to ex­pand the ex­ist­ing tem­po­rary ster­il­i­sa­tion fa­cil­ity at Turbhe to en­able it to in­crease the num­ber of dog ster­il­i­sa­tions.

The cor­po­ra­tion needs a plot mea­sur­ing 2,000 sq me­tres to ex­pand the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­ity. No step has been ini­ti­ated by the cor­po­ra­tion in this re­gard.

The civic body had ear­lier tabled a pro­posal to con­struct a vet hos­pi­tal and dog ster­il­i­sa­tion fa­cil­ity on plot no 5, 6 in sec­tor 24 in San­pada at gen­eral body meet­ing for ap­proval. The pro­posal was re­jected by gen­eral body meet.

Cidco has re­served a plot mea­sur­ing 21 acres in Uran for dog ster­il­i­sa­tion fa­cil­ity but the cor­po­ra­tion has not yet made ef­forts to trans­fer the plot from Cidco ju­ris­dic­tion to its con­trol.

The neg­li­gent at­ti­tude of NMMC to­wards dog ster­il­i­sa­tion fa­cil­ity has led to rise in num­ber of stray dogs in the city.

“We are look­ing to solve the prob­lem at the ear­li­est. Our pro­pos­als ear­lier have been re­jected. We are look­ing at some other al­ter­na­tives,” said an NMMC of­fi­cial.

WE ARE LOOK­ING TO SOLVE THE PROB­LEM AT THE EAR­LI­EST. OUR EAR­LIER PRO­POS­ALS HAVE BEEN RE­JECTED. WE ARE LOOK­ING AT SOME OTHER AL­TER­NA­TIVES.

NMMC OF­FI­CIAL

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