NEW DELHI: The Delhi government on Saturday closed the Ghazipur poultry wholesale market for 10 days and stopped import of live birds in the capital as a precautionary measure. Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that even though not a single confirmed case has been found in Delhi yet, the government is taking all necessary steps.
The CM said that there is nothing to worry about and the government is keeping an eye on the situation. Kejriwal said that some bird flu cases have been found in Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Kerala but there has not been a single confirmed case in Delhi yet but 104 samples have been picked and sent to Regional Disease Diagnosis Laboratory (RDDL) in Jalandhar. A helpline – 23890318 – has also been launched, he said.
On Saturday, more than 10 birds were found dead in Sanjay Lake near east Delhi’s Trilokpuri and earlier, dead crows were found in nearby Mayur Vihar. Dead birds have also been found in other areas of the capital including Jasola, where a total 24 crows have been found dead in a Delhi Development Authority park in the last two days.
“We have taken two decisions, which are that in Delhi there will be a complete ban on import of live birds and the Ghazipur Poultry market will remain closed for 10 days,” he said.
“The lab results will come by Monday, based on which all the decisions that are required will be taken. The Central government has issued many directions and guidelines and all the directions will be followed by the Delhi government,” Kejriwal said, adding that all the necessary actions are being taken.
“Rapid response teams have been set up in every district under DM for surveillance and our veterinary officers are monitoring all bird markets, water bodies and wildlife areas,” he said. Kejriwal said that apart from constant surveillance, special focus has been kept on locations like Ghazipur Poultry Market, Shakti Sthal Lake, Sanjay Lake, Bhalswa Horseshoe Lake, Delhi Zoo and DDA parks.