Reduce garbage in Srinagar to check stray dog menace: HC to SMC

SThe High Court on Wednesday directed Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) to curb down the menace of stray dogs in Srinagar city by reducing availability of energy rich garbage to them.  

Hearing a Public Interest Litigation by Advocate A R Hanjura, a division bench of Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey and Justice Tashi Rabstan directed the SMC to take effective steps for improving sanitation in Srinagar city to curb down the menace of stray dogs.

The Court also asked the Corporation to put more Hopper vehicles in action to improve garbage collection. “Needful shall be done within four weeks,” the court said.

The court issued the directions after Advocate Mian Tufail on behalf of the petitioner submitted that the garbage is dumped in and around various schools, hospitals, hotels and centre points of the city and is root cause for increase in stray dog population.

The court expressed satisfaction over the compliance report filed by the Director, Health Services, Kashmir, and Director SKIMS for making anti-rabies vaccines available. 

In his status  report filed through state counsel Shah Aamir, Director, Health Services, Kashmir, has revealed that anti-rabies are being procured from the J&K Medical Supplies Corporation Limited and on collection same is supplied to the department, through district, block stores level.  It is subsequently provided to the needy people at block headquarters – sub district hospitals and other Primary Health Centers.

The report also divulges that in the event of non-availability of such medicines in the respective stores, the same are being purchased locally by the respective Block Medical Officers to cater the need and the requirement. In his status report Director SKIMS, has revealed that the anti-rabies vaccines are available in the Institute.

“We are satisfied with compliance filed by the Director and hope that the needful shall be done in future also,” it said. In its report filed through Advocate Momin Khan, the SMC submitted that the measures for implementation of the directions about awareness campaign are taken through social media sites, such as, Facebook and WhatsApp groups.