Wanted! Langurs to police monkeys
The North Eastern Railways (NER) is desperately looking for a langur bhai to bully its naughty young monkeys that have wrecked havoc at platforms and causing a lot of inconvenience to the passengers, reports Venugopal Pillai.india Updated: Jan 29, 2007 02:58 IST
Hire long-tailed, black-faced langurs to discipline their naughty red-faced counterparts! That’s railway bosses’ solution to growing monkey menace at the Charbagh Railway Station!
And it doesn’t end here. The railway officials are planning to come out with newspaper advertisements to this effect. So watch out!
Yes, the North Eastern Railways (NER) is desperately looking for a langur bhai to bully its naughty young monkeys that have wrecked havoc at platforms and causing a lot of inconvenience to the passengers. The railway officials feel that hiring a langur bhai would prevent people from falling prey to monkey menace, which sometimes could be dangerous.
“We will float a tender inviting bids from langur owners for deputation at the station,” confirmed divisional mechanical engineer S C Srivastava.
Divisional railway manager Amitabh Lal has written letters to the Forest Department, but there has been no satisfactory response from the department so far. They are now forced to come out with a vacancy for a langur.
“We have come to know that the monkeys are kept under control by the sturdy looking brother langur,” says Srivastava and adds that the monkeys run away out of fear.
“This way the people would get relief from the naughty monkeys, that have become a cause of trouble at the railway station,” says the officer.
However, the theory of hiring a langur has not yielded desired results, feel the experts. “In some cases, the method has worked well but in some monkeys returned soon aftter the langur went back,” says the chief wildlife warden Mohammad Ahsan.
He says there is only one monkey catcher in Uttar Pradesh and he has to run all around across to attend complaints.
The chief wildlife warden says they do not have any expertise to trap monkeys.
But, he admits that there has been a deluge phone calls and letters from many parts of Uttar Pradesh about the growing monkey menace. “No we do not intend to train our staff,” says Ahsan.