Dog on the Move

Canine day afternoon at park

By Melvin Mathew

As Horticulture Division mulls over full ban on pets inside Cubbon park, walkers urge assembly with stakeholders

Cubbon Park has earned itself a badge for being a dog-friendly place as pet house owners journey lengthy distances to permit an area the place their canines can get some train. But it surely appears extremely doubtless that this haven could quickly shut its doorways to pets because the Division of Horticulture is mulling over a whole ban on pet canines contained in the park.

Those that had come for a morning stroll with their pets have been caught abruptly on Saturday when the park guards knowledgeable them a few ban beginning July 1. A safety guard that BM spoke to stated that the ban shall be in impact from July 1 and that the first motive for the motion is that canine house owners usually are not following the foundations of the park.

However, the ban will have an effect on all pet house owners, rule-abiding or not.

HT Balakrishna, Deputy Director (Cubbon Park) of Horticulture Division, instructed Bangalore Mirror, “Within the final assembly with Principal Secretary, Cubbon Park walkers’ affiliation and different walkers have written to the division to ban canines contained in the park and observe guidelines similar to Lal Bagh Botanical Backyard. The transfer comes as canine house owners usually are not leashing their pets or eradicating poop. Canines run round, disturbing different walkers as properly. The choice on imposing the ban shall be taken in every week.”

When requested about whether or not it will likely be a blanket ban, Balakrishna stated that if the ban is imposed it will likely be for all canines. “Guards must cease the dog-owners on the gates itself. Some pet-owners put them the canines on a leash whereas crossing the gate, however then allow them to free after coming into,” he added.


The proposed transfer has been roundly slammed by pet-owners.

“For the previous two days, guards have been telling us to not convey our pets from July 1. By banning canines inside Cubbon Park, what sort of picture we’re creating about Bengaluru? As an alternative of imposing this ban, they need to ask pet house owners to come back in particular slots. The Horticulture Division ought to look into the slew of different issues like open urination and alchol consumption as a substitute of constructing an enormous deal out of the canine situation,” stated an everyday walker.

She added that if each space had some inexperienced area of their neighbourhoods, they might not need to flock to Cubbon Park to train their canines.

Founding father of CJ Memorial Belief and a dog-lover, Priya Chetty Rajagopal, stated that thus far it was solely a verbal communication. There’s been no official communication concerning this, she stated. She stated the belief would write to the secretary of Horticulture and the Deputy Director to request a greater understanding and a stakeholder assembly to debate, handle and resolve this situation. “As well as, whereas we do realise that a number of irresponsible pet mother and father who select to not leash the canines or decide up poop should be addressed, nearly all of accountable and civic-minded pet mother and father mustn’t need to undergo for the sins of some. The parkies (or road canines within the park) are secure as all are neutered, vaccinated and fed. As per Supreme Courtroom orders, no road canines will be relocated anyway,” she stated.

The transfer comes as canine house owners usually are not leashing pets or eradicating poop. The choice on imposing the ban shall be taken in every week

–HT Balakrishna, Horticulture Dept

The Cubbon Park Canines wrote to the Secretary of Horticulture Division RK Kataria asking him to carry a stakeholder assembly to deal with the problem and impose fines on violators.

As of now, the canine park is the one area for canines to roam unleashed.

Animal activist Arun Prasad stated {that a} blanket ban was not doable. “Technically the canine ban can’t be imposed. As per a Delhi Excessive Courtroom writ petition in 2014, there can’t be a ban on canines in parks however a number of laws have been imposed for dog-walkers. It was contended that residence house owners can not discover enough area for canines to train, and therefore should be permitted in all parks. The rules issued by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) have been primarily based on this writ petition. The AWBI instructions are obligatory and binding on all authorities for parks in India. There’s additionally a competition that canines usually are not permitted in Lal Bagh however canines must be permitted in all parks.”

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