Unable to find Monkey Catchers in Delhi, Is Municipal Corporation Killing Monkeys now?

City Corporations have failed to find a single monkey catcher in last four years despite spending a huge money in advertisement in newspaper of Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and even as far as Tamil Nadu

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New Delhi: Annoyed with the complaints of money menace in Central Delhi area, City municipal corporation volunteers yesterday killed a Monkey near Jantar Mantar area of the central Delhi.

The monkey was beaten to death as they failed to capture it. This is not one such incident where municipal corporations took such harsh step to curb monkey menace in the locality by killing them.

Monkey killed by corporation on Friday near Jantar Mantar

It has also come to light that City Corporations have failed to find a single monkey catcher in last four years despite spending a huge money in advertisement in newspaper of Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and even as far as Tamil Nadu.

The corporations have admitted its failure in the recently filed affidavit before the Delhi Court over the issue. The Department of Forest and Wild life said the three civic bodies have expressed their inability to find monkey catchers despite increasing the rate of catching monkey from Rs 1,200 to Rs 2,400 per monkey.

Last year, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation had told the High Court that they have not been able to find monkey catchers even after the advertisement since 2014.

A city-based advocate Meena Bharti had filed a petition in Delhi High court in 2001 seeking directions to the authorities on the same.

Sterilization project –

While submitting a timeline for the sterilization project to curb the monkey menace in the city, the department of Forest and Wildlife admitted before the court that it does not have an estimation of number of monkeys or their number in reproductive age group requiring sterilization.

In the affidavit the department said that it will carry out the population census of monkeys within 180 days, which will also include a study on demography of money troops.

The department argued that mobile sterilization units could be deployed across the city to address the population goal. And one mobile unit could sterilize 7,000 to 8,000 monkeys per year

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