Jaipur: The menace of street dogs continues in the city. A day after at least 10 people were bitten by street dogs, a 4-year-old child – identified as Shoryavardhan Singh – became the latest victim of the Jaipur Municipal Corporation’s negligence. He was attacked by a group of dogs when he was playing outside his house in Malviya Nagar sector – 5 on Monday evening. He sustained serious bite wounds and was admitted to a hospital for treatment. His family members are shocked over the incident.
The animals control branch of JMC is responsible for catching street dogs. Sources said that the contractor who was awarded the tender of catching the street animals has not been paid for the past seven months, so his company has stopped the work. The contractor gets nearly Rs 865 for catching a street dog.
“We will soon approve the pending payment and the work on catching the stray dogs will start. The stay dogs are released after sterilization. It helps control the population of dogs in the city,” said the officer.
Despite repeated complaints, the JMC officials responsible for controlling the menace have not visited Malviya Nagar where dog bites are being reported almost daily.
A six-year-old girl was attacked and then bitten by street dogs in Malviya Nagar on Saturday. She was admitted to the ICU of a private hospital and her condition is critical. Similarly, at least 10 dogs were bitten by street dogs in various locations of Malviya Nagar.
“We are complaining about this problem almost daily, but the JMC officials have now stopped responding to our calls. No one from JMC has visited the neighbourhoods affected by this menace,” said a local resident.