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.