Updated: Mar 24th, 2023
– While the municipal commissioner was meeting with the officer in the building, stray dogs were barking outside the response center.
Surat, dated 24 March 2023, Friday
The Surat Municipal Corporation has constructed the Surat Urban Observatory and Emergency Response Center (ICCC) at a cost of Rs 100 crore on Udhana Magdalla Road. But like other parts of the city, the municipal system has failed to prevent stray dogs from entering the property built at a cost of 100 crores. Due to which Mun. Despite the presence of officials including the commissioner, stray dogs were seen sitting on the campus of the building. Because of this, a question has been raised against the operation of the municipality to eliminate the suffering of stray dogs.
Under the Smart City Mission, the Surat Municipal Corporation has built the Surat Urban Observatory and Emergency Response Center at a cost of 100 crores next to the Mayor’s bungalow. It was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of the country, Narendra Modi. It will also act as an Emergency Response Center for the Surat Municipal Corporation. This Emergency Response Center has been created to monitor and respond to emergency services during natural calamities like fire, rail, storm, earthquake and to coordinate with the system, monitoring of various services from a centralized center.
Apart from this, the center has state-of-the-art facilities like data center for various IT related needs of the municipality, press and media briefing room, executive meeting room, transport and mobility command and control room and command and control room for other services of SMC. Briefing in the standing committee meeting and the meeting with Surat Municipal Commissioner Officer was also held at this place.
However, the municipal system has not succeeded in eliminating the menace of stray dogs in other areas of the city, similarly stray dogs were seen in the emergency response center built at a cost of 100 crores while the lights were dark. If the Surat Municipal Corporation is not able to remove the nuisance of stray dogs in its own precious building, how can the municipality remove the nuisance of stray dogs from the entire city? Despite the Municipal Commissioner’s presence in the building, stray dogs in the Emergency Response Center campus are eating away at the poor functioning of the municipality. Since the municipal system is not able to remove the menace of stray dogs, small children are victimized by such dogs from time to time and two days ago a similar dog took the life of a child. However, as the municipal system is not able to do any concrete work against the dogs, there is a lot of anger among the people.