The North Delhi Municipal Corporation on Wednesday imposed a ban on sale and storage of poultry or processed chicken meat by shops and restaurants with immediate effect, in view of the bird flu situation in the national capital, according to an official order. Chickens, geese, ducks and turkey are among the poultry birds bred by farmers for their eggs and meat. "Whosoever defies the order, his/her trade licence will be suspended".
East Delhi Mayor Nirmal Jain said the municipal body authorities have also chose to take the same decision in view of the situation in their area.
Earlier in the day, the Delhi Health Department issued an advisory asking citizens to follow a set of dos and don'ts, including stopping the consumption of half-cooked chicken, half-boiled or half-fried eggs.
The State Animal Husbandry Commissioner office said in a press release that samples of all the birds have been sent for testing and a report on the same is expected in next 48 to 72 hours.
As the bird flu cases were detected across ten states in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said poultry farms, zoos, water bodies will have to be constantly monitored to contain the disease.
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Several ducks at Sanjay Lake and a large number of crows across various city parks have been found dead in the last one week.
Authorities had on Saturday closed three recreational parks at Hauz Khas, Dwarka Sector 9 and Hastsal and Sanjay Lake as a precautionary measure. "I have directed to open the poultry market and withdraw the orders to restrict trade and import of chicken stocks", Kejriwal said in a statement. He had said that unfounded rumours about poultry products could have a cascading impact on the rural economy.
Earlier on January 14, an official had confirmed that bird flu has not spread among chickens in Delhi.
As per the directives under "Avin influenza action plan to control and prevent revised guidelines 2021", the dead birds have to be disposed off by burying them in a pit, the BMC said.
To deal with the situation the states were asked to coordinate with the department of health and forest and sensitize them about the issue, the ministry said.