Srinagar, 17-Sept;The menace of stray dogs has become a cause of major concern for the locals of old Srinagar city.
Srinagar residents told dog population has increased tremendously in the areas including Syed Hamidpora, Dabtal, Chamandori, Dalal Mohalla, Habba kadal, Gurguri Mohalla and Rahbab Sahab areas.
The locals alleged that Srinagar Municipal Corporation instead of relieving them from dog menace have been releasing trapped dogs in vehicles during night hours.
“This is a major problem for all of us. Stray dogs bite people, chase them when they go to prayers early in the morning, and scare away children,” they said.
They said that SMC’s ambitious dog sterilisation programme is yet to take off while the increasing population of dogs is posing threat to human beings.
“Dogs chase us even during day. At least 30 to 40 dogs can be spotted in our street. We don’t think authorities are serious in doing their job. The process of sterilisation is confined to papers only” said Mushtaq Ahmad, a resident of Baba pora habba kadal.
Stray dogs can be seen in large groups around garbage dumps in the residential areas. “These dogs have made the life hell, particularly for women and old age persons,” they said.
“Dozens of stray dogs are present in our area. We are afraid to even venture out during evenings,” said a group of residents of Babademb locality.
Meanwhile they appealed authorities to take measures in this regard.