Rs4.5 Crore proposal to control stray dog population in Trivandrum!

Recently, two rabid dogs had spread panic at Kalady and Pappanamcode injuring several people.

To control dog population, Trivandrum Corporation has come up with a biggest ever proposal for stray dog management in the city. The proposal worth Rs 4.5 crore is the highest in terms of monetary allocation for controlling stray dog menace so far.

The proposal includes mobile surgery unit, micro-chipping programme and purchase of medicines. The project has been mooted parallel to another project worth Rs 40 lakh that emphasised on immediate upgradation of veterinary hospitals at Pettah and Thiruvallom, purchase of pneumatic guns, butterfly nets and sterilisation units.

The proposal includes mobile surgery unit, micro-chipping programme and purchase of medicines.

Meanwhile, the health wing of the corporation has expressed grave concern regarding the massive allocation of money. According to officials, the amount mandated by animal welfare board of India for sterilisation of a stray dog is Rs 445. The corporation has prepared the project worth Rs 40 lakh by fixing the amount to Rs 555 per dog. With no proper data on number of stray dogs in the city, the hefty amount is likely to drain the corporation resources.

The civic body had earlier set aside Rs 1 crore for animal birth control (ABC) programme in 2014-15 annual budget.

The civic body had earlier set aside Rs 1 crore for animal birth control (ABC) programme in 2014-15 annual budget. And the laparoscopic surgery unit installed at Pettah hospital in 2006 spending Rs 26 lakh is yet to be used. In spite of allocating money every year for the ABC programme, corporation has not conducted any vaccination programme for stray dogs against rabies.

Recently, two rabid dogs had spread panic at Kalady and Pappanamcode injuring several people.

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