Protect peacocks, HC tells govt, agencies
The Delhi High court on Wednesday lashed out at the authorities on the sorry state of the peacocks, who roam around helplessly on the streets without food.
A bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Harishankar issued a notice to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Delhi government, DDA and South Delhi Municipal Corporation directing them to submit a status report in 10 days.
The observation comes on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a south Delhi resident Smita Kapil, who sought the protection of these birds.
“You have to protect the birds and animals roaming on roads. We have seen peacocks on the roads of Delhi’s Lutyens’ zone. They are seen without food. Nothing is being done by the authorities,” the bench said.
The petition, filed by Sumita Kapil, a resident of South Delhi, claimed that a large number of dogs, pigs and monkeys were threatening the peacocks, causing them to leave the park and come out on the roads.
The plea also said the animals were harming the environment as their excreta makes it difficult for people to breathe or walk in the park. It also sought protection of stray animals by providing them shelter so that they do …read more