Pay BMC Rs 5,000 a Year to Keep Your Dog

Mumbai Mirror

  • Civic body proposes a 25-fold hike in pet dog licence fee next month

Mumbai, Jan 27: Dog lovers, be ready to shell out extra bucks to keep your pet. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has decided to increase its annual pet dog licence fee 25-fold, from the present Rs 200 to Rs 5,000 in about a month’s time. The proposal -- aimed at reducing the city’s dog nuisance as well as increasing BMC revenue -- is almost ready and is expected to be tabled in the corporation very soon.

The civic body had recently conducted an animal survey, and pegged the number of pet dogs in the city at 27,000. Jairaj Thanekar, BMC chief health executive, said the proposal will be passed within a month, after discussion with concerned civic officials. “The pet dog licence fee had not been increased in the last 10 years. It is quite common for people to take home stray dogs, and get the BMC licence just by paying Rs 200. This creates problems for their neighbours. Once the Rs 5,000 licence fee proposal is passed, it will also help us earn more revenue,” he explained.

Mayor Shubha Raul rued the fact that most pet-owners ‘do not care to clear dog poop’, which defaces city roads and footpaths. “The proposed high fee will allow only real dog-lovers, who can afford it, to own pets. There will be no dog nuisance. I will have a meeting with senior officials to pass the proposal,” she said.

But dog-lovers have not welcomed the move. Austin D’Souza, a resident of Bandra, said it would be wrong to increase the pet dog licence fee. “Pet dogs are meant to keep away strangers. If BMC hikes the licence fee, it will be difficult to own pet dogs. We will have a meeting of pet dog-owners and stage a protest to oppose the BMC decision,” he added.

Marine Drive resident Vikas Sharma said besides security, pet dogs are an antidote for loneliness, and often take a child’s place in the home. “If BMC increases the licence fee, the crime rate will go up in the city. Pet dogs are good companions for senior citizens, whose children live abroad. Even when they go for morning and evening walks, the pets are there to accompany them. Their lives will be disturbed,” he said.

“Owning a pet is in itself a costly affair. You spend at least Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 to feed a pet dog. I agree pet-owners should clean up the mess when their pets dirty the roads. Before effecting such a steep hike in the licence fee, the BMC should take feedback from citizens,” Sharma added.

Meanwhile, PETA activist Anuradha Sawhney has opposed the BMC decision, saying it will create grave problems in society. “Adopting dogs is not a crime. People are, in fact, giving shelter to these animals. The BMC needs to think twice before implementing this proposal,” she said.


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  • Purushottama, Byndoor

    Tue, Jan 29 2008

    Each Dog has it's own day- it is said.It appears that the BMC wnats to create some respect for the Dogs -now because you can not rear it free of cost. One may have to shell Rs.5000/- p.a. in addition to feeding it and spending on its healthcare.

    The BMC might have 'dog'gedly decided to have the Dog Tax- no matter the public money earned in the form of Taxes is already going to Dogs! . As a Kannadiga I see two classes of Dogs generally. They are "Jaathi Nayi"( means pedigree) and "Naayi Jaathi"( means local/street) dogs. If those who rear Jaathi Nayi may afford (not all) to bear the Dog Tax who will pay for the Naayi Jaathi? Once people stop rearing dogs thieves can have a field day and BMC may even think of Theft Tax to be paid by every thief on every theft committed by him. No matter that Tax will be swallowed by another group of white collared ones !

    It is really a shame on our system that innovative ways of squeezing the people is being invented by the Centra & State Governments and localBodies. A study of our laws relating to Taxation tells you how you can legally evade taxes if you have crores and how you have to pay through your nose if you earn only in thousands.

    The Taxing system is gradually becoming penny wise and pound foolish.You just see how much Service Tax is being collected on almost everything. Compare this with crores of concession given to industries, mining companies, cricketers, film stars and so on. It could be only matter of time when the public lose the patience!

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    Tue, Jan 29 2008

    It is a democractic country. Dogs have their freedom to live anywhere on this earth. Dogs are more intelligent and they guard their owner's family. Bombay muncipality are psychic, they are against the animal rights, First of all let the muncipality or corporation of Bombay clear the huts and provide proper shelter and toilets for the human being.

    As you can see lots and lots of people poop on the streets of Bombay, forget about the dogs poop. If you are an international traveller you can see while landing at the international airport only the huts and dirty life of Bombay. It is the negligence of Bombay muncipality. They speak about dog revenue which is an insult and cruelty towards animal life and to the community of humanity.

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  • ruchir agarwal, mangalore

    Tue, Jan 29 2008

    The decision of BMC is totally unfair and unjust.They probably are blackmailing the dog lovers!!They should understand the fact that these dogs only reduce crime and thefts to a great extent.

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