Vrindavan 2016.07.29 (VT): Sants from numerous ashrams joined with public servants and citizens yesterday to agitate for action to save Radha and Krishna’s holy Dham from the monkeys. They have also given a warning that they will hold public protests should the Government and city administration do nothing about it.
Social workers and doctors have also joined the cause to save the holy city.
MRC Vrinda Charitable Trust (Save Monkeys Project) held a meeting yesterday at the Vairagi Baba Ashram located on the Parikrama Marg in which Sants, Hindu associations, social workers and doctors participated.
Mahant Haribol Maharaj said that no one is safe, local people or visitors from various countries, from the terror of monkeys. Monkeys are injuring many people daily, at times causing serious injury.
Sant Govindanand Tirth said that many protest marches have been held previously to publicize the monkey problem in the city, but no action has been taken yet.
MLA Pradeep Mathur said that he will raise the issue again in the Vidhan Sabha. Samajwadi Party representative Dr. Ashok Agrawal said that he will talk to the State Government to get a solution of this serious issue.
Chairman of the MRC Vrinda Charitable Trust Dr. Abhishek Sharma suggested taking the issue online. He said that nowadays as everyone is using social media sites, we can seek support from them. Huge support from people all over the social media will put pressure on the Government to take necessary steps as soon as possible.
The Veterinary College is also getting involved
MRC Vrinda has been lobbying the local government to implement a sterilization program for monkeys for at least four years. In tandem with the Mathura Veterinary College (DUVASU), plans for such a program have been presented to the local administration, which has given its approval. They are now simply awaiting a green light from Lucknow to get it underway.
The principal cause of the monkey menace is their increasing numbers. As a result in both Vrindavan and Mathura they are making life difficult for people in both residential and commercial areas.
Dr. Abhishek Sharma says that a detailed project was submitted to the District Forestry Department, the Central Environment Ministry, and the Mathura and Vrindavan city councils. They all gave their stamp to the project and the Veterinary College has also agreed to participate. Now they are simply waiting for the Chief Minister to give his OK.
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