A Right To Information (RTI) query by an activist about the money spent on sterilisation and containment of street dogs has revealed that the Surat Municipal Corporation spent Rs3.47 crore between 2014 and 2020 on street dogs.
The activist has alleged that this points out to corruption in the work given for street dog sterilisation in the city.
The SMC in reply to an RTI query of Tushar Mepani said that between January 2014 and September 2020, 47,133 street dogs were nabbed. Of this 43,791 were sterilised.
It further said that the contract for nabbing as well as sterilizing street dogs was given to Hyderabad-based Vets Society For Animal Welfare and Rural Development through a tender for Rs3.7 crore.
Moreover, it also spent Rs1.67 lakh on the cages that are used to trap strays.
Tushar Mepani said he sought the information through RTI as the menace of street dogs was on the rise. He said although the SMC had paid for the sterilisation of dogs, there was no visible decrease in the population of dogs or their aggressive behaviour.
He further said that it seemed strange that the SMC would spend close to Rs4 crore to sterilize mere 46,000 stray dogs.
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