Nagpur: With the kite flying craze at feverish pitch, a group of 200 students of Institute of Technology Institute on Friday staged protest against sale and use of nylon manja, banned by National Green Tribunal for its deadly effects.
The 200 students gathered at Samvidhan Square at 11 am on the eve of Makar Sankranti and held placards and banners appealing citizens not to use nylon manja for kite flying. The students tried to create awareness among people about the perilous effects of nylon manja. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) recently imposed a nationwide ban on the use of glass-coated ‘manja’ for flying kites as the sharp string poses a danger to humans, animals and birds.
The green panel had said the ban order would apply on nylon, Chinese and cotton ‘manja’ coated with glass. The direction came after People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sought the ban, saying Makar Sankranti was approaching and ‘manja’ would be used for flying kites.
The protesting students said that despite ban on nylon manja, the stuff claimed lives of over 250 birds last year and even endangered the lives of humans in many incidents. “People should understand the bad effects of nylon manja and sensibly desist themselves use of it during kite flying,” said the students.
Members of an NGO ‘Speechless Animals’ also participated in the protest. Prominently present on the occasion include college Principal Prashant Kadu, NSS Department Head Rahul Kadam, Chairman of ‘Speechless Animals’ organization Sunita Mendhe and others.