Even as Delhi tries to put its best face forward for the Commonwealth Games, hoping to project itself as a city of the future, a large part of it is fighting an old menace that has re-emerged — monkeys. Long drawn struggle
Less than two kilometers from the Games village, monkeys are terrorising east Delhi.
On Monday, a woman was attacked inside her Mayur Vihar home by a group of monkeys.
She was so badly injured that she had to admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of a local hospital.
Mayur Vihar Phase II in particular has become a den of monkeys. They roam freely on the locality’s roads and open areas in large groups, leaving children and the elderly feeling particularly vulnerable.
"Children can't go out to play, senior citizens are unable to go for walks, the situation is so fraught with danger," says a resident, preferring not to be named.
Locals also said a langoor brought to chase away the monkeys was attacked and so badly injured, it died. "This is how ferocious the monkeys have become," a resident said.
Anita Sharma (name changed) who was attacked inside her home, says the monkeys just walked in through her front door, which was open.
"The monkeys came in and opened the fridge. I was too frightened to do anything and tried calling my husband. Suddenly two monkeys jumped on top of me and bit me, scratched me till I fainted."
She was taken to hospital by her neighbours after the monkeys left.
The MCD has been receiving more than ten complaints of monkey bites every day from the areas but residents say nothing has been done.
They have now kept a langoor that comes everyday in the area to scare away the monkeys.
The residents pay him Rs 6,000 per month. "We don't have enough monkey catchers. We face a lot of problem in hiring people as no one wants to do this job," said Prithvi Raj Sawhney, Mayor of Delhi.
The MCD has captured a total of 10,863 monkeys in the past two-and-a-half years which are relocated to Asola Bhatti Mines.