The district administration on Friday said it has banned the use, sale or purchase of Chinese made nylon manjha (string used for kite flying) to avoid any accident.
City magistrate of Noida Bachchu Singh issued orders to ban the ‘hazardous’ kite string after the Delhi government on August 16 banned metal or glass-coated kite-flying threads. The order followed incidents in which stray strings left three, including two toddlers, dead. All victims were slit in the neck by the sharp artificial fibre.
“I decided to ban all kinds of kite string, particularly of Chinese make, which are hazardous and have the potential to harm human beings. Kite flyers are allowed only to use ordinary threads that do not harm anyone,” Singh said.
He directed station house officers of all city police stations and project engineers of the Noida authority to enforce the ban with immediate effect, to avoid further casualties.
“SHOs and project engineers are directed to seize prohibited material and file a case against the seller. Today, we are having a meeting to finalise the penalty to be levied on sellers,” Singh said.
Earlier, in a decision by the Allahabad high court in November 2015, over a public interest litigation, a bench of then chief justice Dr Dhananjaya Yeshwant Chandrachud and justice Yashwant Varma had said that, “The state government shall adopt all appropriate steps for enforcement in accordance with law, including necessary steps to prohibit manufacture, use and sale of Chinese manjha in any form whatsoever (sic).”
A petitioner had moved court demanding a ban on manufacture or sale of the string after incidents of grievous injuries and death were reported.
The administration is planning to extend the ban in other parts of the district, including Greater Noida.
“I will ask the additional district magistrate to issue an order banning hazardous string in other parts of the district too,” NP Singh, district magistrate, Gautam Budh Nagar, said.
Sale of Chinese manjha is rampant in Noida’s many commercial areas including Atta market, Indira Market and Bhangel, among others.
“SHOs and project engineers are responsible for stopping the sale of kite string that can harm persons,” the city magistrate said.