Prep. For behavioral Study of Monkeys around Pashupati start

12th Apr, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, April 12 : After the Supreme Courts Interim Order to act on the havoc created by the monkeys in and around Pashupati the Pashupati Area Development Trust has started preparations to carry out the studies.

The Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) is yet to receive the written order from the Court but the staffs of PADT also feels the essence of behavioral study of  monkeys in the Pashupati area to see whether the animals are causing any harm to pilgrims.

“Although we have not received any complaint, there are some anti-Hindu elements who are trying to destroy harmony by blaming monkeys baselessly,” Govinda Tandon, member secretary of PADT, told. “To expose the reality, PADT felt the necessity for a behavioural study on monkeys of Pashupatinath area.” Tandon said the study would begin at the earliest.

According to PADT, the truth is the opposite of the claims made against monkeys. “On Thursday, during a shraddha (a ceremony for the dead), a monkey just came near the ceremony spot and all of sudden some people killed the monkey by hitting him on the head with a rod,” explained Tandon, adding “People blame monkeys, but in reality, monkeys are the real victims here.”

He said the claims that those monkeys in Pashupainath carried diseases were false and no health report could prove it.

Meanwhile, Kathmandu District Forest Office said if monkeys were actually troubling pilgrims, pest extermination would be the best solution.

District Forest Officer of Kathmandu, Indra Sapkota, said, “The DFO has sent a draft of a pest extermination proposal to the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation to combat the issue,” Sapkota said.

Wildlife expert and visiting professor of Kyoto University, Japan, Dr Mukesh Kumar Chalise, has appealed to authorities to first conduct a research on the monkeys and their activities before taking any drastic decision.

Chalise’s study has shown that at least 900 of 1,627 simians recorded in the Kathmandu Valley are infected with zoonotic diseases.