first_imgIf you find snake charmers roaming around the Games Village, don’t be surprised. They are there to trap the snakes which may have come out of their hideouts due to the spread of Yamuna water in the surrounding areas.Recently, some snakes were spotted around the Games Village and it raised alarm among the authorities. Thereafter, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) devised a way to catch them.An official of the veterinary department of the MCD said that due to the high level of Yamuna River, water had reached the embankment behind the Games Village and snakes had come out. “They can be poisonous and we have decided to hire some snake charmers to catch them,” the official said.He added that a few snake charmers had been called to the MCD office. They would be paid Rs 1,000 for every snake caught. They have been told to keep a vigil in the surrounding areas.Snakes are not the only cause of concern for authorities. Fed up with the menace of stray dogs in the Games Village and other venues, the MCD has also launched a drive to nab them. More than 100 stray dogs were rounded up from the areas.Delhi mayor Prithvi Raj Sawhney said a drive had been launched by the department concerned to keep snakes and dogs away from the venues and CWG Village.”The MCD is trying its best to control stray animals before the Games. It has worked out a detailed plan and has formed special teams to keep stray cattle, monkeys, street dogs, snakes and rats off the roads in Delhi during the Games. Each team will be headed by a veterinary official and will do no other work except clamp down on illegal dairies and catch stray cattle and snakes,” an MCD official said.advertisementlast_img