Hyderabad: Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) officials handed over 500 pigeons from Mozamjahi Market to the state forest department to maintain cleanliness at the heritage structure. The forest department released the pigeons in the Srisailam forest area, marking the first time pigeons are being moved out of the city.

The famous Mozamjahi Market is under renovation and GHMC invested around Rs 10 crore, said the corporation in its statement. However, due to an increased number of pigeons in the area, the birds would litter the dome structure in the front, adorned by a clock tower. They were also a nuisance for meat shops and other eateries in the market.

This morning, the veterinary department officials seized food sold in the market to feed the pigeons. Dr JD Wilson, Deputy Director of GHMC Veterinary Division, Khairatabad, said that pigeon litter has a high risk of causing respiratory diseases among the elderly and children. He suggested people in the market not to feed pigeons, as it will lead them to gather in the market. Veterinary officials are taking steps to ensure that the market remains unoccupied by the pigeons.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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