Expressing its inability to catch monkeys, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation has decided to file a fresh plea before the Delhi High Court, stating that the duty of catching monkeys be given to the Wildlife Department as the civic body is not equipped to handle it.
Citing a note sent by the government of India to the Animal Welfare Board of India, which states that the Wildlife Department is best suited to catch monkeys as they are wild animals, South MCD veterinary department head R B S Tyagi said they will file a fresh plea before the court to absolve the civic body of the responsibility.
The South civic body caught 129 monkeys till September this year — a period during which over 393 bite cases were reported.
The Delhi High Court had recently touched on the monkey menace issue, asking: “Should we ask monkeys not to procreate or bite people till the government comes out with a method to sterilise them?”
“The South civic body pays the highest in the country for catching monkeys (Rs 2,400) but still we don’t get more than two monkey catchers at a time. At times, we don’t have monkey catchers for weeks. This, despite the fact that we have spent lakhs on advertisements in newspapers,” said an official.
Till 2018, over 20,000 monkeys have been relocated to Asola Bhatti wildlife sanctuary, with about Rs 10.31 crore spent by the forest department on providing them food. Crores have also been spent by the three MCDs on catching and relocating them.