All the three MCDs — North, South and East — 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.
Earlier in the day, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation had issued the order.
Issued by the veterinary services department of the NDMC, it also said that owners of restaurants and hotels will face action if egg-based dishes or poultry meat and other products are served to customers.
The order has been issued in public interest and should be diligently complied with, it said.
A South Delhi Municipal Corporation official said the SDMC has also taken a decision to ban sale and storage of poultry or processed chicken meat by shops and restaurants with immediate effect, in view of the bird flu in the city.
East Delhi Mayor Nirmal Jain said, EDMC authorities too have decided to take the decision in view of the situation here.
“Selling and storage of poultry or processed chicken meat by shops and restaurants has been banned in east Delhi area with immediate effect. Restaurants and hotels too are prohibited from serving such products,” he said.
Testing of samples of crows and ducks had confirmed bird flu cases in the national capital on Monday, prompting the city government to impose a ban on sale of processed and packaged chicken brought from outside the city.
The Ghazipur poultry market has also also closed by authorities.
“All meat and poultry shops and meat processing units in areas under the NDMC, are prohibited to sell, store poultry or processed or packaged chicken meat with immediate effect, till further orders,” the North Corporation order said.
Several ducks at Sanjay Lake and a large number of crows across various city parks have been found dead in the last one week.
Reports of over 50 bird deaths were received on a helpline of the Delhi government’s animal husbandry unit, and 18 samples from different parts of the city were sent for avian flu testing on Tuesday, officials had said.
Meanwhile, Central government on Wednesday said cases of Avian Influenza have been confirmed in 10 states, as on 13 January, 2021. Further, cases of unnatural mortality of birds have been reported in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir and 4 districts of Jharkhand.
“States were directed to identify BSL-II labs at the state level for speeding up the identification of infection in the state and timely introduction of control mechanism. The states were also asked to ensure that the infection does not spread among poultry, as it would have a high economic costfor the poultry farmers. It was found that many states are banning supply of poultry and poultry products from other states. As this would add to the negative impact on the poultry industry, the states were requested to reconsider such decision,” said Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying in an official statement.