The Gurugram administration has asked residents to make clanging noise by beating utensils to ward the locusts off.
The administration of Noida in Uttar Pradesh, which neighbours Delhi, has issued a similar advisory.
Earlier on Friday, the Gurugram administration had asked the residents to keep their windows and doors shut fearing the arrival of locusts in the area, NDTV reported. He also informed that as far as the destruction of crops is concerned, nothing has taken place in the Gurugram district so far since they haven't come down in the fields yet.
Speaking about the measures taken by the Haryana government, he said, "We are fully on alert, our districts have been alerted. We have instructed the Forest Department to beat drums, dhol and play DJ to drive away the locusts and also spray chemical", Development Minister Gopal Rai told media on Saturday afternoon after a meeting with officials. Sharma said that some chemicals like Melathian 96%, Chrolo Pyrifass 50% and Fibronil will be sprayed using machined mounted on tractors to stop the locusts from destroying crops in the area.
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However, the Union Agriculture Ministry's Locust Warning Organisation said the wind conditions are not favourable for the fast-spreading swarms to hit the Capital, according to The Indian Express.
Alarmed at the invasion of the locusts, which settled on trees, rooftops and plants, many residents of Gurugram shared videos from their high-rise perches. The district agriculture officer of Chitrkoot, Dharmendra Awasthi, said that swarms of locusts reached Aujhar, Sariya, Chibau, Naandi and other villages but the farmers were vigilant.
Talking to reporters in Rewari, Dalal said Mahendragarh, Bhiwani, Jhajjar and Rewari districts had been put on alert on Friday itself. The swarm later split into two, one moving towards Palwal and the other towards Sonepat. The locusts keep flying during day time and settle down only after dark in the evening. The officials added that the insects touched the Delhi Gurugram border but did not enter Delhi. Rajasthan is the worst affected state by the menace, and the Centre had said it would see effective spraying of insecticides through helicopter drones which will remain located on the border to curb the breeding and the incoming swarms of the pests from the neighbouring country.