The Delhi government on Thursday invoked its emergency powers to ban the manufacture, storage and use of all sharpened kite strings known as manja for a month with immediate effect.
Those made with cotton thread have been spared.
The Delhi Police too issued orders under Section 144 of CrPC prohibiting the storage, sale and use of metallic powder coated manjas with immediate effect.
Police said the prohibitory orders were issued after the L-G asked them to take measures to prevent the loss of lives.
The ban will eventually be made permanent. Stakeholders have been asked to send in their objections, if any, explaining why the ban shouldn’t be continued.
The objections need to be sent over within 10 days from issue of the order.
“From the date of notification of this order and temporarily for a period of one month, manufacturing, trading and use of any string coated with powdered glass, metal, or any other similar property to enhance its sharpness or any other nylon string, which could be put to use in kite flying, is prohibited and banned within NCT of Delhi,” the order issued by divisional commissioner, A Anbarasu said.
The development comes after technical questions were raised over the ban on Chinese manja, as announced by the Delhi government, due to the nature of the notification issued.
The state environment department had issued a ‘draft notification’ on Tuesday that sought to impose ban on Chinese manja.
The notification sought objections from stakeholders for 60 days, saying the final notice will be issued after that.
“Because of the metal coating, whenever the manja comes in contact with electric cables of high voltage line, there is danger of electrocution. The threads are causing injury to birds, and animals,” said a Delhi Police spokesperson.