Makar Sankranti 2024: Helpline for Injured Birds Launched in Pune

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Pune, 13th January 2024: As the city gears up to celebrate Makar Sankranti, Pune will witness a notable initiative aimed at aiding injured birds entangled in kite-flying threads. The Sarva Jeev Mangal Pratishthan of Pune is spearheading this effort and has also called for penalties against the sale of Chinese threads.

Dr. Kalyan Gangwal, president of Sarva Jeev Mangal, emphasized the significance of this initiative, especially considering that residents often flock to Vetal Baba Tekdi, Hanuman Tekdi, and Taljai Tekdi for kite-flying during Makar Sankranti. The threads frequently become entangled in trees, posing a threat to the local bird population.

Dr. Gangwal encourages residents to collect these threads and submit them to the organization, assuring rewards for their efforts. He underscored the organization’s commitment to bird safety, citing that over the past eight years, they have rescued approximately 1500 birds injured by kite-flying threads. This year, the initiative will involve an ambulance, a veterinary doctor, and five volunteers dedicated to the cause throughout the month.

Expressing concern over the sale of Chinese threads, Dr. Gangwal called for legal action against those who violate regulations. He appealed to the National Green Tribunal to investigate the matter in the interest of bird safety.

The initiative not only addresses the immediate rescue and treatment of injured birds but also advocates for broader regulatory measures to ensure the safety of avian residents during festive celebrations. For any emergencies related to injured birds during Makar Sankranti, residents can now reach out to the dedicated helpline established by Sarva Jeev Mangal Pratishthan.

Regarding injured birds, information can be given to Kalyan Gangwal (Mobile Number 9823017343), Sunil Pardeshi (Mobile Number 9823209184), Gaurav Gade (Mobile number 7030285520) or RESQ (Mobile number 9172511100).