India's top court pulls up Delhi government, asks legislators to clean garbage amid bird flu scare
Delhi's National Zoological Park was shut down on Wednesday after nine birds, including painted storks, ducks and pelicans died of avian influenza at its premises between October 14 and October 17. Photograph: (AFP)
India's top court today rapped the Delhi government over the way garbage had been piled up in various places. The SC bench, headed by Justice Madan Lokur, said, "45 metres of height of garbage in places are alarming."
The apex court, expressing concern over increasing bird flu cases in the national capital, questioned the Aam Admi Party (AAP)-led state government over their plans were to clean the garbage. "You have to plan for the future. You don't have to react to a situation," SC directed.
While hearing the matter pertaining to suicide by parents of a child, who died due to vector-borne disease, the top court asked the government to convene a meeting of all stakeholders including the corporations and Delhi government on the issue of garbage disposal, Indian news agency ANI reported.
According to a report in Indian news organisation, India Today's website, the apex court said: "Do your MLAs (lawmakers) have no responsibilities? Every part of Delhi is covered by your MLAs, what are they doing? Your MLAs, instead of increasing their salaries, should start segregating garbage. The issue of segregation of solid waste is alarming."
Meanwhile, as the national capital remains gripped with renewed bird flu scare, the Delhi government today said that regular monitoring is being done, adding that the medical card will be used at the entry gate of every mandi (wholesale marketplace) to curb the spread of the infection, Indian news agency ANI reported.
"We have taken few decisions in this regard. We'll make a medical card that will be used at the entry gate of every mandi (wholesale marketplace) to curb the spread the infection. Those trucks which don't have medical certificate will not be allowed to enter. Five officials, five doctors and five retailers committee will be formed who will continuously monitor the situation," Delhi development minister Gopal Rai was quoted as saying.
The National Zoological Park in the city, was shut down temporarily on Wednesday, has reported fresh cases of deaths of pelican birds.
The zoo was closed down after nine birds, including painted storks, ducks and pelicans died of avian influenza at its premises between October 14 and October 17. All the enclosures at the zoo are being currently inspected by a team of Central Zoo Authority.
The Deer Park in Hauz Khas area was also shut down after it suspected that two birds found dead inside the park could be infected with bird flu.
Around 100 more samples have been collected in the last two days from different parts of Delhi: Ghazipur, Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Najafgarh drain, Yamuna Biodiversity Park and the Central Park in Hauz Khas and sent to a specialised Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Jalandhar.
(WION with inputs from ANI)