Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced a ban on the import of live birds to Delhi and ordered the shutting down of Ghazipur poultry market in the wake of the avian influenza outbreak across the country.
He said a 24-hour helpline — 23890318 — has been set up for the assistance of people and the Delhi government has collected 104 samples till now which have been sent to a laboratory in Jalandhar.
Three recreational parks, including the Hauz Khas park and the Dwarka Sector 9 park, and the famous Sanjay Lake were closed by the authorities on Saturday as several birds were found dead on their premises in the last couple of days, officials said.
“In the last few days, there have been several cases of bird flu across various parts of the country, which is a cause for worry. Cases of bird flu have been registered in Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan. No confirmed case has been registered in Delhi until now,” the Chief Minister said during a digital briefing.
According to Mr. Kejriwal, veterinary officers are conducting surveys in all bird markets, wildlife establishments and waterbodies across Delhi. The teams are specially focusing on the poultry market in Ghazipur, Shakti Sthal Lake, Bhalswa Lake, Sanjay Lake, Delhi Zoo, DDA parks situated at Hauz Khas Village, Pashchim Vihar and Dwarka.
Credit: The Hindu