The mobile squads of the Forest Department have seized over 118 kgs of ‘Glass-Coated Synthetic Manja’ popularly known as Chinese Manja during a search operation in over 250 shops and establishments selling the banned substance.
According to the details available, the synthetic Manja which was banned by the National Green Tribunal, New Delhi and the Government of Telangana has been selling freely by the merchants across the city following which the Forest Department has formed six mobile squads to check sale and purchase of synthetic Manja during the Sankranthi Festival-2020.
However, the authorities said the quantum of sale of banned substance has come down significantly when compared to the last year which only indicates that there is more awareness among the sellers as well as buyers.
The forest department with the help of NGOs and Volunteers ensured display of posters in the shops to create awareness about the harm caused by these banned substances on animals, birds, humans and environment. Apart from the forest department, the task force of police department, GHMC officials have also participated in the raids.