Pigeon feeding raises health concerns amidst bird flu cases

Within the wake of remoted circumstances of chook flu, severe questions are being raised over Pune Municipal Company’s (PMC) incapacity to take motion in opposition to these feeding pigeons

By Nadeem Inamdar, Pune

PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 10:50 PM IST

Within the wake of remoted circumstances of chook flu, severe questions are being raised over Pune Municipal Company’s (PMC) incapacity to take motion in opposition to these feeding pigeons. Citizen teams preserve that feeding the birds is an offence and fines have to be recovered. They mentioned that pigeon dropping might pose chook flu danger.

An individual can not feed birds from a flat’s balcony creating nuisance resulting from droppings and filth for different occupants in a residential society, the Supreme Court docket had directed in 2019 and refused to intervene with an order restraining a lady from feeding birds from her balcony flat in a excessive rise constructing in Mumbai.

Based on medical practitioner Dr Suhas Divte, pigeon dropping is a severe menace to public well being. Presently, residents particularly grain retailers are feeding pigeons which generally behave like a predator. “Pigeon feeding have to be banned, and culprits punished,” he mentioned.

The dried and disintegrated chook dropping disperse over a large space resulting from wind inflicting allergic and different hygiene issues, mentioned social employee Danish Khan of Mohammadwadi.

Dr Prakash Wagh, assistant medical officer (veterinary), PMC mentioned, “When chook flu circumstances have been reported, the Pune Municipal Company (PMC) had despatched samples of pigeons to the state authorities’s animal husbandry division centre in Aundh. All assessments have been unfavorable. We now have been getting complaints from residents on pigeon nuisance.”

The official mentioned that the civic administration has put a ban on feeding pigeons at Rasth peth chowk to verify the chook menace.

“Workers are posted at sure locations to cease public from feeding pigeons, although as per the Stable Waste Administration rule, there may be provision to impose nice for feeding pigeon,” he mentioned.

In the meantime, PMC well being chief Dr Ashish Bharti mentioned that the strong waste administration division handles the complaints associated to pigeon menace.

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