WARANGAL:The efforts of the Warangal Municipal Corporation (WMC) to check the monkey menace in the city are not yielding the desired results. Monkeys can be spotted at many places including residential colonies, commercial complexes and government office complexes.
The experts say that catching the monkeys from the city and leaving them in the forest would never be a solution to this menace which is seen in many cities across the nation. A visit to the biggest government hospital in north Telangana, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) Hospital, gives the real picture of the simian menace in the city.
“If someone is carrying a bread or fruits to patients, monkeys try to snatch the packets away and it is a routine affair. Since we are plagued with several other problems, we normally do not pay much attention to this monkey business. However, the WMC officials are making some efforts to catch them,” said a staffer at MGM Hospital.
The incidents of monkey attacks continue to be reported in the city. Children and elderly people have been becoming easy targets for the monkeys.
Madhavi, a homemaker in Balasamudram area, a prime locality in the city, complains that they have not got any respite from the monkey menace as the ‘tailed cousins’ are even sneaking into kitchens and taking away food and other articles.
“A 9-year-old boy has been injured by the monkeys. Sometimes we fear to go outside the house during night hours due to the presence of monkeys as they are clawing the unsuspecting victims,” she said and alleged that WMC was not serious about eliminating the menace.
However, speaking to TNIE, Municipal Health Officer of WMC, Dr Ch Dhanraj said that they had given the contract of catching the monkeys to a family based in Nellore district.