Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High court on Monday directed Srinagar Municipal Corporation to file the status report on sterilization and immunization of dogs in Srinagar City in the last three years.
“We note that from 2011, this court has directed for sterilization and immunization of dogs by SMC and it is now 6th year. Yet, there are no complete results in this process. We are again directing the Corporation to file the status report for the last three years indicating therein the sterilization and immunization of dogs in City and must submit it before court on next hearing without any further delay,” the court said.
The court also directed SMC to submit a clear cut plan of action and to control the peril (dog menace).
Hearing a PIL on dog menace, the division bench of Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmad and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey directed Srinagar Municipal Corporation to come up with reports and not with mere suggestions.
“We need results on ground,” Justice Durrez said,
Amicus Curie Nadeem Qadri apprised court that as per the court directions the availability of medicines for dog bite cases is still inadequate and as such no concrete steps have been taken by authorities to control the menace.
In reply to Amicus Curie, counsel appearing for the corporation (SMC) Advocate Momin Khan told the court that some recommendations have been made by the Corporation in controlling the menace as also an advertisement in a daily newspaper has been published by the Corporation for awareness of the public.
The Court observed that it was not enough in light of the information from SMC that there are large number of canines, around 450000 in Srinagar city, which need to be sterilised and immunised.
On previous hearing a video presentation brought to the notice of the court horrifying pictures of victims mauled by stray dogs and court had directed the authorities about the steps taken for controlling the menace.
The PIL on dog menace was filed in 2011 by advocate Nadeem Qadri.