Failure of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) to check growing population of stray dogs in commercial hub Lal Chowk and its adjoining areas poses risk to lives of pedestrians.
Pedestrians have expressed serious concern over presence of a large number of stray dogs in Lal Chowk, Residency Road, Court Road, Regal Chowk and Polo View.
"It is ironical that SMC is sitting over serious threat to lives of people by canines. Due to presence of stray dogs, it becomes difficult to walk on streets in Lal Chowk particularly during evenings. These stray dogs chase people posing risk to their lives," said a group of aggrieved pedestrians.
An official said that around 2000 dog bite cases reported from Srinagar every year and symptoms of rabies are usually non-specific and suggest involvement of the respiratory, gastrointestinal or central nervous systems.
Records at Srinagar's Anti-Rabies Clinic reveal that 12 dog bite-related deaths have occurred in past five years alone.
"We appeal the SMC Commissioner to direct the concerned officials to take measures to check canine menace in the summer capital," a group of residents said.