Ganderbal: The increasing numbers of stray dogs in Ganderbal district have become a cause of grave concern for the inhabitants of the district who are not able to move around freely.
Locals of several villages in Ganderbal said that the problem has assumed a serious dimension with concerned authorities turning a deaf ear to the public outcry.
Locals said that herds of dogs can be seen on the prowl at various areas of the district including busy markets of Beehama, Duderhama and other adjoining areas.
The increasing number of stray dogs are posing a grave threat to the life of people and the movement of people, especially children, elders and women has become difficult during morning and evening hours.
People have alleged that the steep rise in dog population was due to their transportation from urban areas during night hours and have appealed to the concerned authorities to tackle the menace at an earliest so that people heave a sigh of relief.
Inhabitants alleged that the authorities are doing nothing to control the menace. “Scores of dogs are seen on the prowl at various areas of the district including busy markets of Kangan, Ganderbal and other places,” they said.
The locals said that the dogs are posing a grave threat to the life of people besides they cannot move easily, especially children, elderly persons and women. They said it has become difficult during morning and evening hours to move at ease.
“We are living under threat due to the dog menace; we cannot move freely on roads and go to mosque during wee hours,” said Qaiser Ahmad, a local resident. He said that “our school going Children are vulnerable to attacks by stray dogs which forced us to stop them from attending school.”
Locals said that municipal authorities have failed to look into the matter despite repeated requests to them. They have appealed the concerned authorities to tackle the menace at an earliest for the convenience of the people. (KNO)