Owners who haven’t registered pets yet to pay fine from June 1 | Noida News – Times of India

NOIDA: Its February deadline to register pets long over, Noida Authority will now roll out a survey and impose penalties on dog and cat handlers who have not registered their pets yet from June 1.
On December 12 last year, Noida implemented its newly drafted pet policy making it compulsory for pet owners to register their pets by January 31 this year or pay a fine. The deadline was later extended to February 14.
So far, 5,974 animals have been registered, which include about 70 cats, DGM Noida SP Singh told TOI. But we are still computing the numbers and the total registration may be a little over 6,000, he said.
“Noida Authority teams will now conduct a survey to analyse the actual number of pets in the various highrises and residential societies with the registration data so far. If there is a mismatch, pet owners will have to pay a penalty and complete the registration,” Singh said.
For the survey, the Authority plans to take the residents’ welfare associations on board.
In most highrises in the city, the RWAs maintain data on flat owners and tenants living with pets. Some even have intra-society applications where the data – breed, age and vaccination details – is regularly updated and shared.
During its survey, Noida plans to use this data to crack down on defaulters.
According to officials, pet registrations are valid between April 1 and March 31. For re-registrations, vaccination and sterilisation certificates have to be provided to the Authority. Re-registration after April attracts a fine of Rs 200 and Rs 10 per day after May 31.
Earlier this year, Noida organized special registration camps in housing societies and colonies of the area to make it easier for the residents to register their pets. The authority has also upgraded its Noida Authority Pet Registration (NAPR) app for pet owners for seamless registration of pets and to control the cases of dog bites.
Several RWAs, however, claimed the Authority has limited its role to collecting money in the form of registration fees of Rs 500 when it came to implementing its pet policy.
“The policy clearly mentions that even if pets are registered, they must be leashed in open spaces. But we find it difficult to impose this on the ground. Pet owners also don’t scoop if their dogs poop in common areas. Such matters are reported time and again to Noida Authority, but are not taken seriously,” Sanjeev Kumar, the general secretary of Sector 51 RWA, said.
He also said fixing feeding points for strays was problematic. “Most places have one feeding point but dogs are territorial animals and do not like other animals to invade their areas for food. Multiple feeding points are a must to resolve clashes between the stray dogs.”

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