AS THE fly menace continues to trouble residents of Barwala and other surrounding villages, Deputy Commissioner Garima Mittal passed strict directions to poultry farm owners to follow necessary guidelines or face closure notices.
A meeting was held by the district administration with sarpanches of villages in Barwala and Raipur Rani and representatives of poultry farm associations at Mini-Secretariat here on Thursday.
Mittal told the poultry farm owners they should follow necessary guidelines, or else an FIR would be registered against them.
As many as 10 poultry farms were found to be not following the guidelines, following which District Panchayat Development Officer (DPDO) M L Garg and Block Development Officer Martina Mahajan were directed to conduct a check on these poultry farms and submit a report.
“I will conduct checking of these poultry farms. Public interest is most important. If any business activity is affecting public at large, strict action should be taken against them according to the rules laid down by the government,” said Mittal.
She asked the poultry farm owners to maintain proper co-ordination with sarpanches in order to solve the problem of flies.
She added that the poultry farms flouting the rules would invite action from the Department of Animal Husbandry and Haryana State Pollution Control Board.
“Their names should be given by the DPDO to the respective departments. Another meeting will be held after 15 days to check progress in the case,” she said.
Darshan Singh, president, Poultry Farm Association, said that there are 120 poultry farms in the district, out of which only 90 are functional at present. “There are some poultry farm owners who are not following the guidelines and they willbe asked to adhere to rules,” he said.
“Flies have decreased ever since villages have become free of open defecation,” said sarpanch Sheesh Pal Rana from Kheri village.
The campaign to make Panchkula free of open defecation was started by the administration in March this year.