Survey done, Uttarakhand govt draws plan to check monkey menace

  • Nihi Sharma Sahani, Hindustan Times, Dehradun
  • Updated: Dec 26, 2015 17:02 IST
Monkeys cause menace in Asarodhi, Bhandaribagh, Premnagar, Vikasnagar, Herbertpur, Doiwala, and Maldevta areas of Dehradun. (Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT photo)

The state forest department completed the first-ever survey of monkeys, sources in the department told Hindustan Times on Friday.

The information, gathered from the survey, is being compiled to chalk out a plan to deal with the simian menace which affected the tourism industry and daily life of the people, they added.

The places, where monkeys cause menace in Dehradun, are Asarodhi, Bhandaribagh, Premnagar, Vikasnagar, Herbertpur, Doiwala, and Maldevta. Similarly, simians from Landhour in Mussoorie create problems on Mall Road.

Dheeraj Pandey, divisional forest officer (DFO) of Mussoorie, told HT, “We have studied the monkeys that visit Mall Road and realised that they come from Landhour. Now, we have the data to take measures for checking their population.”

The survey, held in 37 forest divisions from December 10 with the help of a Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India (WII), continued for three days, he said.

The Terai central forest division in Haldwani has also identified several spots facing the menace. Khatima, Nainital town and Sitarganj-Nanakmatta had large number of monkeys, the officials added.

Parag Madhukar Dhakate, DFO of Terai Central Forest Division said, “We have identified these pockets and will start working after getting the info. Besides managing solid waste sensitising public not to provide food to the species will be a big challenge.”

Haridwar and the adjoining areas of Rajaji Tiger Reserve (RTR) are also facing the menace.

Kahkashan Naseem, DFO Ramnagar, said, “We have completed the survey and received information of pockets where monkey population is high.”

Incidents at a glance

Bageshwar: A monkey attacked a 35-year-old resident of Bageshwar on September 20. He had to be admitted to the district hospital as his condition was serious.

Rudraprayag: A troop of monkeys attacked a 13-year-old resident of Gharda village, in Jakholi teshil of Rudraprayag on July 26.

Nainital: Monkeys attacked a group of 52 students of a school in Almora in January this year. The parents filed a PIL in HC.

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