Srinagar: The authorities have failed to set-up the dog sterilisation centres in Srinagar city even as a sharp increase in the number of dog bite cases.
In the last five years, one of the tertiary care hospitals SMHS hospital has reported 30,000 dog bite cases, while government proposals to set-up dog sterilisation centres have not moved ahead.
The residents of the city have been complaining about the presence of dogs, especially near garbage bins on roads thereby making it risky for pedestrians to move.
The rising dog menace has compelled the residents to accompany their children every time they venture out. Over the years, the issue of stray dogs has become an increasing concern. What has complicated the issue is the capacity to sterilise the dogs.
In 2013, SMC collaborated with SKUAST Shuhama and set-up a dog sterilisation centre. However, officials say the centre has a maximum capacity to sterilise 20 dogs which is very small given the growing population of dogs.
An official of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) said that the ongoing pandemic has derailed the setting up of more sterilisation facilities in the city.
“The pandemic has derailed the process,” he said, adding that the corporation is mulling to add more dog sterilisation centres in the city soon.
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