The next time you are at any of Delhis railway stations,you will be asked to beware of pickpockets,suspicious objects and… monkeys. After a spurt in incidents of monkeys attacking passengers,snatching bags and food,Northern Railways Delhi division decided to warn people of the simian threat via its public address system.
Officials said the announcement will advise people to stand at a safe distance from monkeys. The public address system will have an added announcement at all the railway stations in the city. The new announcement will alert passengers about the monkeys and ask them not to feed the animals, Divisional Railway Manager A K Sachan said.
Passengers are not monkeys sole targets. Some of them have even damaged rail equipment at Old Delhi and Sarai Rohilla railway stations.
Sometimes,passengers are seen feeding monkeys. This has attracted many monkeys to the stations. Monkeys also flock to station premises when eatables are strewn around. The announcements at platform will tell passengers to keep their surroundings clean and to avoid littering the place, Northern Railway Senior PRO YS Rajput said.
The authorities arent giving up just yet. They are going to employ langurwallahs (contractors with langurs) to tackle their simian cousins. We will deploy langurwallahs at stations which witness maximum incidents. Such arrangements are usually temporary,but now the tender will be awarded to hire them full-time. This will help to keep monkeys away from the station, Sachan said.
Railways officials will be also writing to the Forest department,asking them to nab the monkeys at the stations. They said this will be the first time that Delhi Division will ask the Forest department to help catch monkeys.