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Telangana: Ban on synthetic thread during Sankranti kite festival 2023: Forest Dept

Nylon / synthetic thread and glass-coated manja have been used for flying kites during Sankranthi for the past few years. Such manja poses a serious threat to the safety of animals, humans and the environment. Over the years, glass-coated nylon manja has caused serious injuries and/or slow, painful deaths to countless birds, animals, and humans.

Mr. A. Sankaran, OSD (Wildlife) State Forest Department, said that strict measures are being taken under the supervision of PCCF HoFF Mr. RM Dobiriyal to implement the existing ban to prevent these dangers.

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.

Action taken by Telangana Forest Dept

The Telangana Forest Department in coordination with other Govt. Departments like Police, GHMC, Pollution Control Board, NGOs and Wildlife Conservationists is carrying out a publicity campaign by distributing posters in Telugu, English and Urdu explaining the harmful effects of Synthetic Manja and requesting the Manja and Kite shop owners not to stock or sell the synthetic Manja.

During the festival season the Forest Department is deploying 5 to 6 mobile parties with uniformed staff and NGOs to go round the shops selling this Manja to ensure implementation of the ban order. Till date 1391 Kgs of Synthetic Manja valued at Rs.28.00 lakh has been seized.

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.

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