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Not only China … China manjha is also dangerous

Hyderabad: Mrs. R. Shobha IFS Prl. Chief Conservator of Forests (HoFF) & Chief Wildlife Warden explained that Nylon or Synthetic thread and glass-coated manjha has been in use for kite-flying during Sankranthi for past several years. She met with representatives of NGOs today as part of raising awareness among the public, especially children and parents, about the dangerous use of Chinese manjha. Such manjha poses a serious threat to the safety of animals, humans and environment alike. Over the years, glass coated Nylon manjha has injured innumerable birds, animals and humans causing serious injuries and slow, painful deaths.
Many humans, including young children, have also suffered impairment or lost their lives because of such manjha. The synthetic manjha remains in the environment for a long time as a toxic pollutant on tree tops, electric wires, roof tops long after the festival, causing injuries and even deaths. Improperly discarded manjha is known to cut fingers, hands, throats of Kite flyers motorcyclists with equal ease. The invasion of Nylon and glass-coated manjha has resulted in the loss of livelihoods of innumerable local traditional cotton manjha craftsmen.

Why should we shun Chinese Manjha?

The National Green Tribunal in Order dt.11.07.2017 in O.A. No. 384 of 2016 and O.A. No. 442 of 2016 ordered a total ban on Manjha or tread for kite flying, which is made of Nylon and any synthetic material and / or is coated with synthetic substance and is non-biodegradable.

The Hon’ble NGT further directed to prohibit the manufacture, sale, store, purchase and use of synthetic Manjha / Nylon thread and all other similar synthetic thread use for kite flying.
The Government of Telangana, in exercise of its powers under Section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 imposed a complete ban vide G.M. No. 5030/For.III/A2/2016, EFS&T, dt. 09.09.2017 on the procurement, stocking, sale and use of nylon- thread commonly called ‘Chinese Dor’ or other synthetic (non-biodegradable) thread coated with glass or other harmful substances used for kite flying, with effect from 13 January 2016.

Penalties for violations

As per section 15 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 any person found to be in violating the orders or directions under the Act is liable to be punished with imprisonment up to 5 years or with a fine up to one lakh rupees or with both.

Causing injury to Wild animals and Birds or death with synthetic manjha amounts to hunting under section – 9 which is punishable under Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 under section – 51 with imprisonment of 3 to 7 years and fine not less than Rs.10,000/-.
Causing injury or death to domestic animals attracts provision of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960.

Such cases may be reported to Telangana State Forest Department on 24 x 7 helpline 1800-425-5364 or 040-2323-1440.

PCCF R. Sobha, Adl PCCF Siddanand Kukreti, OSD Shankaran , WWF Farida Tampal, and NGO’s Participated this meeting.

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