NGOs to sterilise dogs
unable to check stray dog population, bmc plans to amend the city's
struggling to keep the city's stray dog population in check, the
brihanmumbai municipal corporation (bmc) has now entrusted non-governmental
organisations (ngos) with the responsibility of catching stray dogs
sterlisation and then releasing them.
presently, the corporation catches the dogs, which are then sterlised
ngos on plots allotted free of cost by the civic body. the ngos
rs600 for the job. the allotment of plots, construction of dog kennels
operation theatres, electrical and water charges and the release
dogs were the corporation's responsibility.
arguing that the number of dogs sterlised and immunized under the
dog control programme was far less as compared to the capacity of
births, the bmc will table a proposal before the standing committee
wednesday for the amendment of the dog control programme.
as per the new policy, the civic body's responsibility will be
allotting open plots for the sterlisation drive and paying rs1,200
incurred for the job. expenditures on everything else, from building
kennels and operation theatres to catching stray dogs and releasing
after sterlisation, will now be incurred by the ngos.
officials from the public health department said that the bmc will
than rs1,000 per dog under the new programme. it will only have
rs1,200 towards the sterlisation/immunisation of the dog, as compared
present expenditure of rs2,200 per dog. the bmc will also be reimbursed
rs450 per dog by the central animal welfare society of india in
to kick start the programme, the bmc plans to allot a 50,000 sq
ft area in
the juhu kapaswadi cemetery to an ngo called animal welfare society,
will set up the equipment and resources required to sterlise 100
day. interestingly, no tenders were invited before proposing the
land on caretaker basis to the ngo.
civic officials say that four ngos -international animal rescue
unemployed veterinary doctors association, v team and animal welfare
society - were spoken to. only the latter agreed to implement the
according to the administration's decision.
the ngo is registered with the animal welfare board of india and
undertaken similar work with other corporations in the state. officials
that the organisation has already constructed 600 cages to shelter
dogs at a time, eight air-conditioned operation theaters and purchased
however, the proposal does not mention any clause on action that
taken against the ngo in case the efficiancy of the operation was
Publication : DNA; Section : mumbai; Pg : 5; Date : 7/8/07