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    Published On : Mon, Dec 28th, 2020

    With no action, banned nylon manja continues to fly kites dangerously!!

    Nagpur: Although the Festival of Kites – Makar Sankrant – is a few weeks away, excitement among kite flyers is slowly and steadily gaining momentum. Markets are too flooded with all kinds of colourful kites. And the clandestine business of manufacture and sale of nylon manja, glass coated manja has also been going on despite a nationwide ban on the very dangerous stuff.

    It is pertinent to recall that sale and purchase of nylon and glass coated manja has been banned nationwide by the National Green Tribunal (NGT). The NGT had imposed a blanket ban on nylon and glass coated manja due to the threat it posed to humans, birds, and animals. But still the rampant sale and use of the banned manja continues unabatedly mainly due to lethargic attitude of concerned authorities to implement the ban in letter and spirit.

    Every year, tragic incidents of serious injuries and fatalities as well are reported due to use of nylon and glass coated manja by kite flyers. Birds too bore the brunt by getting trapped in the unbreakable manja. But despite the ban, the District Administration and NMC choose to turn blind eye towards clandestine manufacture and sale and use of nylon and glass coated manja. It is found generally that all the kite traders sell nylon manja slyly and also with a premium. The manja is in great demand from kite flyers of all age. The hubs of wholesale sell of kites and the banned manja are Gandhibagh, Itwari, Gokilpeth and other markets in the city.

    A variety of kites made of plastic, German paper, cloth etc are available in market. Also available is banned Chinese manja openly. The demand for it remains high. The Chinese manja poses a grave threat to humans, birds and animals. The use of nylon manja has been banned but it is not successful because the authorities have not thought of a way to implement it. Festivals should be celebrated but not by inflicting injuries on innocent humans and the poor birds, the animal activists said.

    People celebrate the kite festival for a day or two but its effects are seen throughout the year as the manja gets entangled in trees or power lines or windows of houses. An unwary person later gets stuck in them. There are umpteen number of cases where kids got seriously injured by the nylon and glass coated manja.

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