At least one bird was dead and 8 others received serious injuries after they got entangled in glass coated Manja used in kite flying during the Sankranti festival in the city.
Telangana Forest Department in its report released here today informed that it’s anti-poaching Squads have rescued birds like Black Kite, Pigeon and Fruit Bat from localities like Ashoknagar, Mettuguda, Masabtank, Kukatpally, Panjagutta, Santoshnagar, Lakdikapool, Airport Colony and Picket. The injured were handed over to the veterinary officers of Nehru Zoological Park for treatment while 3 other birds which did not have serious injuries were released back. Some of these birds were found hanging by the thread from treetops and electrical lines and were rescued by removing the Manja thread.
The noted said still the Manja thread is found entangled on treetops and electrical lines which need to be removed for the safety of birds and humans. Hence, they appealed to the citizens to help the Forest Department in removing the Manja thread from the rooftops, treetops, electrical & telephone wires. They also requested to contact the Forest Department round the clock helpline on 1800 4255 364 and 040-23231440 for immediate response.
It is unfortunate that 9 birds were injured despite the fact that Forest Department has launched a massive campaign to create awareness among the sellers and buyers against the usage of synthetic & nylon glass coated Manja for the simple reason that it would harm to human beings, animals, birds and environment. Posters were printed in English, Telugu & Urdu showing the harmful effects of the use of this Manja. Every shop selling kites displayed these posters prominently during the Sankranthi festival.
The Forest Department also conducted search operations at various outlets and seized more than 350 Kgs of synthetic or nylon Manja from 72 shops in and around the city. The Forest Department coordinated the campaign to implement National Green Tribunal orders on imposing a total ban on the use of nylon/synthetic Manja in kite flying with Police Department, Tourism Department, Pollution Control Board, NGOs and Volunteers working in the field of Wildlife Conservation.