Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Delhi looks to states for help for captured monkeys

Nobody wants the Capital’s monkeys. A crisis is brewing as the Delhi government cannot find any takers for the monkeys caught and kept in its custody.

Following no response from any of the states, the government is now planning to approach Delhi High Court to direct one of the state governments to take these monkeys.

‘‘Last year, the Madhya Pradesh government was asked to take about 225 monkeys and Rs.25 lakh was given by the Centre — through Delhi — to spend on their feed,’’ said an official.

Officials say, at present, there are 270 monkeys kept in the government-run shelter at Rajokri which is considerably more than its capacity of 200.

Environment Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan said: ‘‘We had written to all the state governments to take these monkeys. But none of them is willing to do so.’’

Environment department officials said civic bodies have been plagued with complaints from several areas about the monkey menace.

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