The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (HoFF) R Shobha asked her department officers to strictly implement the ban on using Chinese Manja (Thread) in kite flying.
She instructed the officials during a review meeting here today, this is essential as the Nylon or Synthetic thread and glass-coated Manja which was in use for years in kite-flying during Sankranthi festival and owning to the festival around, steps to be taken to contain its usage. She explained that such Manja poses a serious threat to the safety of animals, humans and environment alike.
“Over the years, this glass coated Nylon Manja has injured innumerable birds, animals and humans causing serious injuries besides causing slow but painful deaths. The synthetic Manja remains in the environment for a long time as a toxic pollutant on treetops, electric wires, rooftops long after the festival, causing injuries and even deaths to many humans, including young children. Many motorcyclists have also suffered impairment or lost their lives after improperly discarded manjha had cut their fingers, hands, throats. The invasion of Nylon and glass-coated manjha has resulted in the loss of livelihoods of innumerable local traditional cotton manjha craftsmen as well”, she added.
WHY SHOULD WE SHUN CHINESE MANJHA?
The National Green Tribunal in Order dt.11.07.2017 in OA 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 NGT further directed to prohibit the manufacture, sale, store, purchase and use of synthetic Manjha or 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 Manja 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.
Hence, she appealed to the people to report to Telangana State Forest Department on 24×7 helpline 1800-425-5364 or 040-2323-1440, if they found anyone using Chinese Manja.