In 2015, the US secretary of state John Kerry came to India to attend the Inaugural function of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Business Summit in Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad. When he was going back to the airport, his cavalcade hit a mongrel (Indian street dog) that had strayed on the road to the airport. This became big news and national embarrassment. This time, the government is going to hold a special meeting to capture all the street dogs in the area ahead of Donald Trump’s visit. The government is going to come up with a plan to capture and keep street dogs away from the VVIP road that Donald Trump is going to visit through.
The forest department has been involved to mark 1 KM area around the Motera Stadium, the airport, Koteshwar, and Bhatt village.
The cattle and dog nuisance control department (CDNCD), and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is going to establish a special team for capturing the dogs in and around 2.75km radius of the VIP route.
“There is a Supreme Court direction and guidelines of the Animal Welfare Board (AWB) of India that mandates that dogs once neutered should be put back at the same location as they tend to get aggressive when relocated to a new place,” says a senior CDNCD official at the AMC.
The AMC officials admitted that the dog menace wing of the CDNCD has already visited the areas from where the dogs are going to be picked up and neutered.
“There are societies and chawls in Sabarmati area which feed stray dogs and that may be a problem. These societies will be approached by the Sabarmati ward AMC officers in the coming days to desist from feeding the dogs,” adds the AMC official.
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