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Dog sterlisation plan a big failure?

Now it’s official. The decade-long programme of Delhi Municipal Corporation [MCD] to control the population of dogs through sterilisation has failed completely.

‘We need to sterilise over 75 per cent dogs in the area to bring down the breeding, as a single dog has the capacity to impregnate several females in its area. Even if one dog in a group is left, the entire effort is washed out,’ said R B S Tyagi, Director, Veternary Sciences, in reply to a question in the meeting of Standing Committee of South Delhi Municipal Corporation [SDMC].

The civic body  is also coordinating the sterilisation programme of the three civic bodies in Delhi. The corporation took up the sterilisation of the dogs to control their breeding in 2003 and hired nine voluntary organisations [NGOs] for the project, among which seven are still giving their service.

The civic body, so far, has wasted hundreds of crores on the sterilisation plan. According to a recent survey in 2009, there are over 2.7 lakh dogs in Delhi.

Giving data for three months-April, May and June -of the sterilisation of dogs by NGOs in Delhi, Tyagi said SDMC had sterilised 3,728 dogs in its area, which is more than collective data of north and east Delhi Municipal Corporations.  As per the data, NDMC sterilised 1,034 and EDMC sterilised 992 dogs in their area. The councillors also suggested to sterilise female dogs to contain the breeding.

Chairman of the Standing Committee, Rajesh Gehlot, has summoned detailed report of the project in the next meeting for taking appropriate decision.
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