The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) is mulling over a plan to take help of People for Animal (PFA), an NGO working for the animals’ welfare, to deal with the monkey menace in posh localities of the Millennium City.
There has been a sudden increase in the incidents of monkey bites at DLF, Sushant Lok, Sector 42, Shivaji Nagar and adjoining areas. Residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) have sent a letter to the municipal commissioner to take steps in this regard. Residents are fed up with the menace as these animals are creating havoc in their daily lives.
“A proposal in this regard has been sent to municipal commissioner Sudhir Rajpal,” said Dr Aruna Sanwani, sanitary wing head at MCG. As per the proposal, PFA will depute a team of half a dozen expert catchers along with a supervisor to catch monkeys.
“As of now, MCG spends R700 on the lifting of one monkey. The cattle catching project has been outsourced. Besides, about eight expert catchers of MCG assist the drive. PFA has suggested a plan that will cost MCG R680 per monkey,” said Bijender Sharma, senior sanitary inspector.
“PFA’s Saharanpur unit has agreed to work together to lessen the monkey menace,” said a senior veterinary official at MCG.
As MCG doesn’t get any assistance from local police in carrying out a cattle catching drive, many times its squad has to face wrath of residents and some NGOs working for animals’ welfare. A complaint cell has been set up at MCG head office to redress the grievances related to monkey menace.
“The residents are under constant threat and need protection from monkeys,” said Ravi Aggarwal, president of Nishkam Foundation, DLF City phase-2.