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PIGEONS Favourite For Some, A Nuisance For Others

The pigeon population in the city has exploded and pigeons are becoming quite a menace. Feeding them is some people’s way of seeking a staircase to heaven, but the practice has become a major safety hazard in more ways than one. The flock of birds at these islands not only causes a nuisance, but also poses a threat to bikers who try to manoeuvre their way to avoid being hit by them. People stopping by to feed these birds, too, risk their own lives in doing so.

Residents are being vocal on pigeon feeding fad-
I see a growing trend amongst residents to feed the pigeons on bajra, macca etc. My daily income has nearly doubled over the past few years. There are a number of places where people come and feed pigeons. Such numbers have gone up and every vendor is doing good business. I have regular customers for every day and many more during the weekends. People stop their vehicles, buy small quantities of bajra and pigeon feed and feed them to the huge number of pigeons. It is a way of showing their good deed and helping others. It is a good tradition.
Des Raj, shopkeeper

I have been in Dwarka for the past few months. There are many people who come and feed the pigeons. As a result of this, the number of pigeons has gone up many times.
Raju, vendor

Feeding pigeons might seem like a nice thing to do, but it leads to serious problems. Putting food out for one pigeon can lead to dozens of other pigeons and this is a big nuisance as well as a health hazard.
Mrs Vibha Jain

I have been feeding pigeons and other birds for many years. The pigeons treated with respect and are fed out of love and devotion. In fact some rituals in Hindu tradition involve feeding birds and animals.
Dinesh Dhingra

This phenomenon is increasing day by day. It is quite a big risk. Apart from spreading a lot of dirt everywhere, health experts also say that pigeon droppings and feathers are associated with respiratory disorders. Therefore, this feeding of pigeons should be regulated.
Dr Sanjay Srivastava

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