Fly overs for monkeys -The Forest Department has installed bamboo flyovers for monkeys on the Marayoor-Udumalpet inter-state route in the wake of high incidents of Hanuman langurs (Gray Langurs) falling prey to speeding vehicles on the route. The flyovers are installed in five places on Karimutti-Chinnar route.
Earlier, the forest officials had built flyovers for grizzled giant squirrels (Champal Malayannan) and it was a success, with common langur, Nilgiri langur and tufted gray langur using the same flyovers. This prompted the department to construct more such safety routes in the forest. 14 hump were constructed to reduce the speed of the vehicles for the safety of the above. These were built under the guidance of Munnar wildlife warden Mr.Prasad G.
Found in big numbers inside the Chinnar wildlife sanctuary, Hanuman langurs are solitary creatures, which do not mingle with other monkey species or humans. Most of the Hanuman langurs are seen near the check post at Chinnar. 5 numbers of fly overs had already constructed in this area only.
“We hope the flyovers will help the langurs and other small animals to cross the road safely,” said Mr. P M Prabhu, assistant wildlife warden, Chinnar wildlife sanctuary. This area is a must visit one which is sufficient with lot of tourist attractions including Marayoor dolmens, waterfalls and sandal wood forest.