Even after making tall claims, it seems the BBMP is still not taking its responsibilities seriously. Animal menace on the streets of your neighborhood may be far from gone any time soon as officials pass the buck. Bangalore is not unfamiliar to dog menace. There have been several incidents of people being attacked by strays.
Three calls made to the BBMP control room turned futile as they were not interested in providing any information. When asked if this is the right helpline for dog menace, the authorities did not give a clear answer. The first call was made around 5pm. The correspondent was made to wait for 15 minutes and then the call was disconnected without any answer. When we called the second time at 5.30pm, the authorities gave another number. Even after repeated attempts no one answered. We made another attempt. This time, yet another number was given. This number turned out to be that of the Joint director of Animal Husbandary Dr Parveen Ahmed Piran and said this is the ‘helpline’ number. It seemed as if no one was available to answer the queries as everyone was passing on the ‘responsibility’ without even listening to the complaint.
When City Express contacted the Joint director he said, “This is not done. The authorities should take the complaints and not mislead the caller. I will look into the matter.”