Lucknow, May 27 : The large presence of stray monkeys at the Charbagh Railway Station in Lucknow is a frightening experience for most passengers, and tired of them, the authorities have hired the services of two langoors -- Mangal and Raju - to shoo these simians away.
Mangal and Raju have effectively chased away rowdy simians from the railway station, so much so, that the railway officials are now seriously considering a proposal to offer an annual contract worth Rs.31, 444 to the owner of the langoors.
As of now, the two langoors reach the railway station at 8 a.m. and stay put till 5.30 p.m. The langoors are made to hop from one platform to another in search of monkeys.
"Previously, there were 3,000 monkeys at this place but ever since the arrival of these langoors, the monkeys have run away," said Eshmat, the owner of Mangal and Raju. Eshmat said that at the very sight or smell of langoors ensures that the monkeys run away.
"We used to face a lot of problems. These red monkeys look very scary and they sometimes used to bite people. It is good that these langoors have been introduced here," said Arvind Pandey, a passenger.
"We asked professionals for their advice about handling the monkeys. They told us that wherever there are langoors, the monkeys do not stay. So, we hired them. They work on contractual basis. Probably they would be hired on an annual basis soon," said Amitabh Kumar, the station master of the Charbagh Railway Station.
There are chances that Mangal and Raju, the due Langoors, may soon become contractual 'staff' at the Charbagh Railway Station! By Kamna Mathur