India’s milk run has been launched from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport on Sunday, a move that comes a day after a state government in Uttar Pradesh announced it was suspending the entire city’s population from drinking milk for the first time in more than 50 years.
The government of Uttar Pradesh said on Sunday it would suspend the entire state’s population, including all the municipal and rural areas, from drinking any milk products from Delhi for at least one week to “protect people from contamination.”
Officials said the state’s dairy farmers were not able to produce enough milk for people in rural areas.
The state government said it was also imposing a five-day shutdown on the city’s main markets.
In its announcement, the Uttar Pradesh government said that residents of Uttar, Bhandara, Dadra and Nagpur who had stopped drinking milk products were allowed to resume drinking milk on Monday.
Officials from the state government and the Centre for Science and Environment in Delhi had met with the Uttar government and other officials in Uttar to discuss the issue, the government said.
India has a large dairy industry and it is one of the world’s largest producers of milk.