New Delhi: MCD has taken the initiative for a strict and effective sterilisation program for stray dogs in the city. Delhi Mayor Dr. Shelly Oberoi conducted a press conference to discuss the serious issues related to the stray dogs in the city. During the conference, the Mayor informed that she was highly concerned over the Vasant Kunj incident, and an emergency meeting was called with the officials. She also met the NGOs that are working with MCD for sterilisation of stray dogs. Deputy Mayor Shri Aaley Iqbal and Leader of House Shri Mukesh Goyal were also present in the press conference.
Addressing the Vasant Kunj incident, Dr Shelly Oberoi stated that the post mortem report of the kids was still awaited and till then, it won’t be confirmed that whether incident was caused by the stray dogs or not. Dr Shelly Oberoi confirmed that she noticed several loopholes in the current system, including the lack of infrastructure for NGOs, and would continue working to fill the gaps in order to make the sterilisation program effective.
It has been found that there are approximately 6 lakh stray dogs in Delhi at present but no census report was prepared in last 7-8 years. The Mayor directed officials to prepare a detailed action plan to make sterilisation more effective and involve RWAs, local community feeders, and dog lovers.
Currently, there are 20 sterilisation centres in the city, out of which 16 are functional. Detailed reports have been asked for and a detailed action plan will be created based on the feedback received from the centres.
NGOs have informed the Mayor that the sterilisation centres are working below capacity due to the lack of budget, and NGOs have asked for financial help to improve the infrastructure.
The Mayor said that the AAP Government is committed to resolving the issue of stray dogs in Delhi and taking initiatives for creating a safe and healthy environment for both the citizens and the dogs. In continuance to this commitment, Mayor also met the Gaushala stakeholders in the city today with an objective to ensure the upkeep of cows and ensure that they don’t stray on roads. She heard their issues and recognized the infrastructural requirements. She directed officials to make the program effective and promised to resolve the issues in due course of time.