Thursday, November 29, 2018

Can’t control dogs, how will you tackle terrorists: Gujarat HC asks AAI

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat high court on Wednesday dismissed an appeal by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to get rid of the stray dog menace at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International airport with a chastising remark.
Refusing to direct the civic body to send its dog van every day or to permit the AAI to shoot stray dogs, acting Chief Justice Anant Dave commented, “With such a huge management when you cannot control stray dogs, what will you do when terrorists storm the premises?”

After a single-judge bench rejected the AAI’s petition earlier this year, it approached the division bench seeking directions to the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), its Cattle Nuisance Control Department, the Animal Welfare Board of India and the central government, to keep dogs from straying on to the airstrip, which endangers flight operations.

AAI even cited instances when flights were delayed after dogs strayed into the operational area. It even proposed killing the canines, but the court was not inclined to grant permission for the it.
AAI first approached the high court in December last year and demanded that the AMC send a dog van either every day or on their call, to control the dog menace in order “to avoid human casualty” in the operational area. The airport authority complained that the AMC’s intervention was frequently requested and its officials even agreed during meetings, but no effective step was taken.
29/11/18 Times of India

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