The MCG has appointed a monkey expert from Mathura to capture and re-locate the monkeys that have been causing havoc in Gurgaon. About 50 monkeys have been captured in a single day.
Recently about 20,000 monkeys had unleashed a spate of chaos in Gurgaon. To mitigate the situation, the MCG (Municipal Corporations Gurgaon) had to acquire the services of a Mathura based monkey expert. This expert has already started his operations in the Gurgaon-Faridabad Road and Golf Course roads that are frequented by monkeys. On Wednesday, he managed to capture 50 monkeys.
The monkey menace has been steadily increasing in Gurgaon in recent years. Last year alone, there were almost 500 cases of monkey bites. The MCG and other agencies have been unsuccessful in containing the menace. The monkeys captured by the team of this expert will be relocated to areas that are far away from residential complexes. Essentially these are jungles in the outskirts of Gurgaon.
Talking about the menace, Ranjana Lal, a resident of Sector 56 says, “The monkeys attack without the slightest provocation especially if one is carrying eatables. We have an independent house where monkeys come and create chaos. If you resist they attack. It is hence the duty of the corporation to secure the safety of people.”
Animal lovers too need not worry about this operation. “The process of trapping them is being recorded on camera. Moreover officials from the wildlife department have been present on ground to ensure that the process does not inflict any physical injury to the monkeys. Before re-location every monkey is being subjected to a health check-up and given food,” said SS Rohilla, MCG public relation officer.
The MCG will pay upto 1,500 for every monkey that has been captured. It is also proactively inviting resident feedback on the subject.