Dehradun: Continuing the strategy adopted to deal with stray dogs, the Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) plans to carry out sterilization of monkeys in the city for bringing down simian attacks on humans.
The civic body is already undertaking a dog sterilization program under which over 2,000 stray dogs have been neutered so far in the state capital.
In 2015, the forest department had undertaken the first-ever survey of monkeys in Uttarakhand. The information, gathered from the survey, was compiled to chalk out a plan to deal with the simian menace which affected the tourism industry and daily life of the people. In January last year, the forest department had carried out special drives to stop people from feeding monkeys at temples and other religious places. People were fined for feeding monkeys in Uttarakhand.
Now, city mayor Vinod Chamoli has asked corporation officials to prepare a work plan for carrying out a similar drive for monkeys. “Like the sterilization of dogs, we are also planning to start a program for sterilizing monkeys. I have asked the DMC officials to study the procedure and explore possibilities of starting the venture here,” mayor Chamoli said.
Administrative officials of the DMC have been asked to create a road map for carrying out the sterilization plan in association with the forest department, he added.
As of now, there is only one monkey sterilization center in the hill state at Chidiyapur in Haridwar, which had become operational in 2015. As per the forest department estimates, there at least 1.5 lakh monkeys in Uttarakhand, and the strategy of ‘catch and release’ of monkeys is adopted in areas where there is acute simian menace.
Meanwhile, the Animal Birth Control (ABC) centre of the civic body, which had become functional last year, has already sterilized around 2000 dogs so far. It has been given the target to sterilise nearly 8,000 stray dogs in a year. Union minister for women and child development Maneka Gandhi had inaugurated the centre located in Kedarpuram area in August last.
“Our survey had revealed around 20,000 stray dogs in Dehradun. We are also planning to include around 4000 stray dogs present in rural areas adjoining city’s municipal limits,” Chamoli said.