- 16 dog owners have been fined Rs 500 in the past three days.
- A 32 member team is doing the round-up in the area.
- If your dog poops on the road, then the owner will have to pick it up.
- BMC has started this initiative after receiving a number of complaints from the Mumbaikars.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued a warning to all the Mumbaikars, who own a pet. Pick up your pet’s poop or face a nasty fine.
The BMC has started this awareness initiative in Mumbai’s ‘D’ ward. The D ward comprises high-profile areas such as Girgaum Chowpatty, August Kranti Maidan, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai Central, Grant Road, Charni Road, Tardeo, Pedder Road, Nepean Sea Road etc.
According to civic officials, there are a large number of pet dogs in this ward and the number of people taking their dogs for a stroll in public places is also significant
Clean-up marshals are meeting the dog owners and are explaining them about BMC’s poop scoop campaign
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Assistant Commissioner of ‘D’ ward Mumbai, Vishwas Mote said, “The main objective of the campaign to spread awareness among the general public. We have started this campaign after receiving a number of complaints from the people. We have penalised 16 dog owners in the last three days. We have levied a fine of Rs 500 to them.”
Vishwas Mote further said, “Our staff is keeping a constant vigil in the areas. Whenever we spot a pet dog who is defecating in open, we speak to the owner. And try and make them aware of the possible health hazards. Our aim is to spread awareness across the city.”
While the BMC has started this campaign against the pet owners, social activists have raised a question about the stray dogs. Social Activist Satyajit Shah while speaking to My Medical Mantra said, “The Municipal Corporation has started the drive against pet owners, then what about stray dogs? There are thousands of stray dogs in Mumbai and Thane. Why is the BMC only taking action against pet owners? If the corporation wants the streets to free from dog poop then, there should be a garden for the dogs in each and every ward.”