Vrindavan, 2017.10.03 (VT): The problem of the monkeys in Vrindavan is becoming increasingly serious. About a dozen people have been killed and hundreds more injured by monkeys in the last few years alone. But the government’s effort to control the monkeys is hitting a surprising snag, as the relocated monkeys are reportedly returning to Vrindavan.
Despite spending lakhs of rupees on monkey control over the past two years, the number of monkeys in Vrindavan is merely increasing. Monkeys captured by the government were reportedly relocated to Palwal, a town about halfway between Vrindavan and Delhi.
But it seems the Brajwasi monkeys are unwilling to give up their brajwaas, and they have reportedly returned from Palwal to Vrindavan.
The Municipal corporation, however, is planning to continue relocating the monkeys, rather than exploring the other option: sterilization. Recently, an Aligarh company seeking to acquire the contract for controlling Vrindavan’s monkeys, was asked to demonstrate its monkey-capturing ability.
In the trial, 40 monkeys from near the Rang Ji temple were relocated to an undisclosed location (possibly Palwal). Others, including a monkey-control team from Mewat, have performed similar trials.