CHANDIGARH ( By YS.Rana): If you think Chandigarh is open defecation free (ODF) then you are mistaken. The difference is—dogs have replaced the people—parried a question by irate residents of Sector 48 housing societies. Nothing ruins a fine morning of a walker when welcomes with dog excrement littered here and there.
Unmistakable squishing sensation underfoot triggers instant resentment but what a poor resident can do. The mess stench or the indignity what a victim should feel. The poop disposal encouraged by the pet owners early in the morning and evening without any sense of responsibility has become a serious problem.
Defecates in public places by dogs have become a pet peeve in every city while we are talking about ‘Smart Cities’ like Chandigarh were not only the dog population is growing faster than the human population. The action of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to control the stray dog population and penalized poet dog owners could not produce desired results.
The fight on applies to the municipal corporation that tired the turd is devoting precious brainstorming hours to inventing ever-more-move ways to combat the menace. It has also decreed a fine of Rs 5500 for dog owners who fail to clean up their dog’s excreta. There is no exact number of pet dogs but it is estimated over 20,000 besides more than that stray dogs roaming all over the city.
Residents of the area have been raising the guilt level of dog lovers because of the fecal matter that pets produce daily parks, streets, pavements and on newly constructed cycle tracks. But no one just cares to enforce the penalty and the problem is assuring alarming proportion in the city.
While talking to the residents of the area said that while the corporation has imposed sewer cess at the rate o 30 percent of total water consumption why not it imposes poop penalty on pet dog owners and added it in their water bills. “If we take pet dog population at 20,000 poop penalty of Rs 200 per month would fetch an amount of Rs over 30 lakh per month to the corporation,” said Kehar Singh. He further added that newly constructed tracks were the best place to defecate by the dogs. “Pedestrians dread to move on these tracks what to talk of cyclists,” he said. Especially lanes and pavements are presenting ugly scene he says and adds that if one dares to stop a dog’s owner it resulted in altercation and arguments.
A dog expert has provided a mind-blowing data. He said that approximately 350 grams of fecal matter was produced by each dog per day and if the estimated dog population in the city was taken into account total poop passed in every 24 hours would approximately be 60 lakh grams. The official of the Animal Husbandry Department said that dog pooh contained parvovirus and all types of worms. These would contaminate water, soil and infect humans. Walking infected space then enter the home would track the bacteria and virus, he added.
Dog owners advanced their point of view by saying that society is biased against pet dog owners and India is a representative of the International Organization for Animal Protection (OIPA).
Byelaws of 2010 registration of pet dog is mandatory but as per official data, only less than 30 percent of pet dogs are registered in the city. Though one has a right to pet dog yet this comes with an acknowledgment of civic responsibility, said Ajit Singh and added it was a deep civic responsibility on the part of dog’s owner and could defeat the purpose of ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” of becoming National policy.
The problem has made costly by eleven times increase but it does not seem to hurt the pocket of a pet dog owner as one encounters with dog poop all over the city. The corporation should wage a war against offenders as human and animal defecation need to be addressed together. Man’s best friend is not always a best friend when a city goes to the dog.