HC directs SMC to take effective steps for sanitation and dog menace

HC directs SMC to take effective steps for sanitation and dog menace

SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court on Wednesday directed Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) to take effective steps to improve sanitation in the city and tackle the menace of stray dogs by reducing availability of energy rich garbage to stray dogs.
The direction came after advocate Mian Tufail Ahmad submitted before court that the garbage was being dumped around schools, hospitals, hotels and central points of city, “which is root cause” for the menace of stray dogs.
Hearing a PIL filed by advocate A R Hanjura, a division bench of Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey and Justice Tashi Rabstan directed the SMC through its standing counsel Momin Khan to file the latest status report by next date of hearing.
Meanwhile, a status report was filed by Additional Advocate General (AAG), Shah Aamir representing Health and Medical Education Department stated that anti-rabies vaccines have been procured from the J&K Medical Supplies Corporation Limited and were being supplied to the Department of Health Services and provided to the needy people at sub-district hospitals and primary health centers.
In January last year, the High Court had directed the SMC to inform the court about the time within which the civic body would sterilize all the dogs of the Srinagar city. The court had also directed the SMC to take help from Animal Welfare Board for providing expertise for catching the dogs so that they are sterilised and immunised. The High Court had also directed Housing and Urban Development Department (H&UDD) to provide required finance assistance to SMC for controlling the menace of stray dogs in the summer capital.