Oct 27, 2014
BAREILLY: With increasing instances of monkeys creating a nuisance in Bareilly, the municipal corporation recently released tenders for a monkey catching squad, so that the animals can be caught and released in the Mala range of forests in Pilibhit. A corporation official said there are nearly 10,000 monkeys in the city, which have been troubling locals on a regular basis. After receiving numerous complaints from residents, the mayor has asked officials of the municipal corporation to hire trained people for a monkey catching squad to check the menace. The city health officer released a tender inviting application for job of monkey catchers earlier this month. “Though we had caught around 1,000 monkeys in the city six months ago, the problem continues to haunt locals. It also appears that a few monkeys which had been released in the forest returned to the city as they might not have got proper food in forest,” said city health officer S P S Sandhu. He added that the last time, the municipal authorities had spent Rs 310 for trapping one monkey. The cost factor of this exercise will be decided on the basis of applicants who will offer the lowest cost, Sadhu said. Monkey catchers usually use bait, tranquilizers and other equipment to trap the simians. “We do not straightaway release the trapped monkeys in the forest as if any of them are ill, ayurvedic doctors treat them,” he said. City residents claimed that the simian problem is growing in the city with several schools and hospitals reporting such incidents on a regular basis. Besides, monkeys regularly play havoc in the localities like Cantonment, Biharipur, Madinath, Subhashnagar, Quila and various parts of old city.
The residents of these localities said they face great problems as the animals enter their houses through open windows, balconies and terrace and damage eatables, household and furniture items. Several cases were also reported of monkeys attacking locals, causing minor injuries. “Around three months ago, a monkey had bitten my 10-year-old son when he was playing with his friends. If this problem is not addressed, it can lead to major accidents,” said Rahul Pandey, a resident of Biharipur locality. Homemaker Ruqaiya Nishat, who lives in Quila locality, said, “Even if we lock doors of kitchen and refrigerator, monkeys are able to break it. They not only scatter the food but also damage furniture and electrical equipment in the house. They even destroy plants and at times, throw the flower pot from balcony on the road which can hurt passersby.” Monkeys have caused inconvenience to shopkeepers also. “We have to suffer losses as monkeys damages the items displayed in shops,” said Rajendra Singh, who runs a grocery shop in Subhasnagar.
As posted in Timesofindia.indiatimes.com