Mumbai: Pet-owners of Mumbai are in for a pleasant treat. Instead of running to different departments for any pet-related administrative need, one can get them all under one roof now. For effective management and convenience, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has created a new and separate department for veterinary health in the city in Khar (West).
Administrative services related to pet licensing, veterinary hospitals and clinics, a diagnostic lab for zoonotic diseases, Deonar abattoir, cattle welfare, pet shops, cemetery and incinerator for dogs and cats and animal census will be taken care of at the Khar (West) headquarters.
Earlier, administrative services related to domestic and stray animals were handled by different departments, such as the health and shops department. Until the new department building is constructed, the temporary office will be at Deonar abattoir. As per the 2012 domestic and stray animal census, the city has over 40,500 animals.
A senior civic official said the civic body has set aside Rs 14.5 crore of its annual budget for animal welfare. Under the budgetary allocation, BMC plans to build a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital at Mahalaxmi, with the capacity to treat 300 small animals like cats and dogs. It will also hire 11 more veterinarians to add to its existing strength of 28.