Bird feeding prohibited in Mumbai’s public places

Seems like the Mumbai’s civic officials are also going the English way when it comes to pigeon-feeding issue at one of the most-popular destination in Mumbai city – Marine Drive.

Civic officials have begun imposing fines of 500 rupees ($11) on people caught feeding pigeons in Mumbai’s posh Marine Drive area overlooking the Arabian Sea in an attempt to keep their city clean and disease free, an official said Tuesday.

Civic officials circulated handbills last week with the warning, “Bird feeding is prohibited in public places.”

At least 20 people have been fined since the cleanliness drive began over the weekend, Vijay Balamwar, Mumbai’s assistant municipal commissioner, said.

Tourists and local residents will now have to restrict themselves to scattering corn for pigeons at a designated spot in the area, Balamwar said. Mumbai is India’s financial and entertainment capital.

Thankfully this time round regular public and residents have welcomed the move and have ensured to maintain the newly imposed law.

2 Comments so far

  1. Akshay (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 6:40 pm

    This reminds me of the step the London Mayor took a few years ago by imposing a similar fine of feeding pigeons on Piccadilly Sqr. If I remember correctly he reffered to pigeons as “rats with wings”.

    BTW sorry about the pictures – they sort of formatted my accident – would have told but cellphone has been iffy lately.

  2. Abhishek (unregistered) on November 9th, 2006 @ 1:11 pm

    I did not know this..
    But I think its a good thing…
    Clean-lee-ness is one thing that the more you do In India..its always less

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