Kite lovers will not be able to use the glass-coated manjha as the National Green Tribunal (NGT) banned nylon, synthetic and glass-coated cotton strings or ‘Chinese manjha’ across the country on Wednesday. The ban was imposed in view of its thread to humans, birds and animals.
Bareilly cotton kite-string makers welcomed the move. The Chinese manjha is priced just at Rs 150 for 6,000 m spool, while the Indian cotton manjha costs Rs 550. The cheap and strong nylon or glass-coated manjha reduced the sale of Bareilly’s manjha by around 70% in past six years.
Patang Kalyan Samiti and Hatkarga Lagudhyog Manjha told they ask the police to properly impose the ban.
The countrywide ban will be in place until the next hearing on 1st February, 2017. That’s mean in the next Makar Sankranti the kite lovers will not be allowed to use Chinese manjha.
An NGT bench headed by its chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar has ordered the Manjha Association of India to submit a detailed report on the bad effects of the kite strings to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). On the basis of the report, CPCB will submit the recommendations to the NGT for long term solution.
The order to ban harmful manjhas was passed after hearing the petition of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). PETA petition not only said about the threat to birds, humans and animals but also said manjhas are not environment-friendly and cause electricity supply disruption when they come in contact with power cable.
PETA government affairs liaison official Nikunj Sharma said in a statement, “Manjha is a menace — it is a threat to the lives of humans and birds and hinders essential services such as electricity.”
In August, PETA filed the petition in the NGT. The notices were issued to all the state governments, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Power, the Ministry of Forests and Climate Change and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to seek their responses.
After Wednesday’s hearing, PETA’s counsel senior advocate Sanjay Hegde informed the bench that earlier the High Courts of Jammu and Kashmir, Allahabad and Rajasthan issued an order to ban the use of manjha in their respective states.
Three persons including two children were killed in Delhi on 15th August when their throats were slit by manjha. Last year, in different parts of the country many two-wheeler riders were killed because of throat injuries by kite strings.