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More trouble slithers in at Games Village

A Wolf Snake was caught just outside the Commonwealth Games Village on Monday.

delhi Updated: Oct 12, 2010 00:48 IST
Avishek G Dastidar
Avishek G Dastidar
Hindustan Times

A Wolf Snake was caught just outside the Commonwealth Games Village on Monday.

This was the sixth snake caught there in a little over a week and has forced the wildlife rescue officials to say the Village stands on a snake haven.

Officials of the wildlife rescue team hired by the Games Organising Committee caught the snake which had strayed from the thick ridge on the banks of Yamuna where the Village is situated.

But what made matters worse is that the security officials reported the sighting of another, long, black slithering creature along with the Wolf Snake.

"That could only be a Cobra or a Krait, both of which are highly poisonous. But as the day progressed, it went further deep into the vegetation because these creatures do not like sunlight,” said Kartik Satyanarayan, head of Wildlife SOS, the NGO carrying out the wildlife rescue work for the OC.

"The Games Village and surrounding areas should have been thoroughly sanitised before (people started) moving in, because thanks to the vegetation here and the near-flooding in September, the place is infested with snakes,” he said.

While athletes and officials will be probably be safe from snakes for the next few days, for those who plan to buy the flats, priced between R2 crore and R5 crore, a snake haven is hardly what they would have hoped for.

After searching the area, officials discovered that a small pond within the vegetation on the Yamuna is filled with frogs, which is attracting the snakes.

With the Yamuna breaching the banks during the monsoon, the number of snakes has increased.

"Snakes go in hibernation in another fortnight, but this is the period when they are most active," Satyanarayan added.

The wildlife NGO, the only known snake rescue agency in the city, and which lends its services full-time to the Delhi airport as well, has been keeping the Commownealth Games free from the interruption of animals.

It cleared stray dogs from the route of the cycling event. On Sunday, the same team caught a highly poisonous Krait from the Games Village periphery. Now the OC has requested security agencies to intensify vigil against snakes at the Village.

"We have four teams ready to report to any venue in less than an hour. We have been given necessary clearances to travel on the dedicated Games lanes for faster response,” Satyanarayan said.

First Published: Oct 12, 2010 00:47 IST