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Chicken arrival in Mumbai normalising: Deshmukh

Written by: Staff

Mumbai, Mar 2 (UNI) Even as the avian flu-hit Navapur in northern Maharashtra continued to be quarantined since February 23, Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh today said the chicken market in Mumbai has started returning to normal with the daily arrival of one lakh birds. This number had fallento 12,000 as an immediate aftermath of the confirmation of the deadly disease in the poultry town on February 18.

Stating that he has started eating chicken, the Chief Minister appealed to the people to consume it without any fear, adding that the administration has been telling the people that there is no harm in eating chicken provided it was cooked at 70 degree celsius, the temperature which kills H5N1 virus.

The bird flu has been brought under complete control and no human being has been infected by the avian influenza, Mr Deshmukh told mediapersons after presiding over a weekly meeting of his Cabinet here.

The Chief Minister along with Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar had launched the campaign to dispel public fear on account of the flu at a farmers rally at Latur on Sunday.

He said cleaning up of Navapur is continuing. of the 52 poultries in the 30,000-strong town bordering Gujarat, '' ten per cent have been cleaned up so far,'' Navapur Tahsildar K B Rajguru told UNI over telephone.

Chief PRO of Western Railways Pranay Prabhakar said restriction on movement of trains to Navapur are continuing for a over week, adding it would be lifted on the advice of Nandurbar district administration. However, the administration shifted back the bus station to its old location last evening as situation statrted limping back to normal in the town.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister said government has so far disbursed a compensation of Rs six crore to poultry farmers who suffered losses due to the flu.


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