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SDMC begins dog census, four new sterilisation centres by Sept-end

Seeking to curb the menace of stray dogs in the national Capital, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) is all set to operationalise four new sterilisation centres by the next month-end and has begun work on building another such large-scale facility in Dwarka.

The new centres – located at Bijwasan, Nangli, Masoodpur and Mundala – are equipped with one operation unit each, and officials said, these would significantly boost the civic body’s capacity to sterilise stray dogs. 

“Our current average capacity is 70-80 dogs per day, which translates into 2,500 dogs per month. Once these four centres get operationlised, the capacity would increase to 4,500,” said RBS Tyagi Director of Veterinary Services of SDMC.

At present, the civic body has nine sterilisation centres, of which four in Lajpat Nagar, Tughlaqabad, Tilangpur Kotla and Ghazipur are owned and managed by the SDMC, while the rest are commissioned to NGOs. But sterilisation at all the nine facilities are being conducted by the NGOs, he said.

Tyagi said, besides the four new centres, the SDMC has begun work on the construction of a huge sterilisation facility at Sector 29 in Dwarka.

“The Dwarka centre, spread over two acres, will have four units. So, that will mean 12 operating tables and its sterilisation capacity will be 4,000-5,000 dogs per month. Also, though NGOs only will be carrying out the sterilisation, SDMC’s deputy directors will to monitor the facilities at these units,” he said.

Meanwhile, the SDMC on Sunday started its dog census, which would also allow it to measure the progress of the sterilisation programme.

The SDMC has commissioned NGO Humane Society International-India for it and a trial was held for the canine count exercise to train the volunteers on Saturday.

The NGO would compile and analyse the data over a period of eight weeks and a report would be submitted to the SDMC by the end of October. The last count of street dogs was done in 2009.
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