Chinese manja, the kite-flying thread made of nylon, is set to be banned in Delhi given the high number of fatal injuries it has caused across the country, the AAP government told the Delhi high court on Monday.
The government in an affidavit informed a bench headed by chief justice G Rohini of its plans to issue a notification banning the Chinese manja and threads with “metallic or glass components”. Only threads made of natural fibres like cotton will be allowed, the government said.
The affidavit was filed in response to a city resident’s plea that sought a ban on the manufacture, sale, purchase and use of Chinese manja — so called because of its widespread use in flying huge dragon kites in China. In his petition, Zulfiquar Hussain said the synthetic thread was earlier killing birds but of late “humans are also under threat” and referred to the recent death of a 28-year-old man in east Delhi who died while riding his motorbike when a string of synthetic thread slit his throat.
The government’s decision comes days before Independence Day when tens of thousands of kites dot the city’s skyline. Several localities organise kite-flying tournaments on August 15 and revellers resort the use of to sharp, synthetic threads to bag competitors’ kites for lucrative prizes.
In his plea, the petitioner pointed out that the synthetics threads were already banned in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan and the Allahabad high court had issued directions for necessary steps to prohibit the manufacture and sale of such manjas.
The court was told that a similar plea was placed before the Supreme Court which held that the petition should be adjudicated upon by the National Green Tribunal since the issue was related to the protection of environment and wildlife.
The court then asked counsel of both parties to produce the top court’s order on the issue by Tuesday. It also asked the government’s counsel to inform the court whether the notification will be issued before August 15.
(With PTI inputs)