Shimla MC mulls to develop kennels for stray dogs

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Shimla, Feb 3 (UNI) In a bid to amicably deal the stray dog menace in Shimla town, the Municipal Corporation (SMC) is mulling to develop kennels for these stray dogs.

The menace of stray dogs had become an eyesore and had both the locals and tourist complaining, forcing SMC to develop kennels for the stray dogs.

The growing population of the dogs in the town remaining one of the major concerns for the civic authorities, the SMC has now forwarded a proposal to the state government, demanding allotment of land to the Municipal Corporation for developing kennels for the stray dogs.

The SMC has identified the land in Tutikandi area of the town for undertaking this project after working out modalities with the Forest department.

''Once the land is given to us we will build well type kennels for the dogs, the entire field will be fenced and five-six cells for dogs would be developed within,'' Corporation Mayor Narender Kataria told UNI here.

Optimistic of state governments affirmative response towards the proposal, he said the SMC has sent a requisition to the chief secretary, asking for allotment of the identified land at the earliest.

''As soon as land is transferred we will prepare the estimate for the project and other necessary modalities will follow subsequently,'' he said, adding that with this project's successful implementation, the residents and tourists will get rid off the stray dog menace, while, on other hand, these stray dogs could also be brought up well.

Mr Kataria said after assessing the success of this project, the SMC would develop such kennels in other parts of the town so that the nuisance of stray dogs is curbed.

Earlier, to deal with the stray dog menace, the Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) had launched stray dogs animal birth control and sterilization programme, but with little success.

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