Kite flying season approaching, administration indifferent to stop Chinese thread sale in city
With the chill making people wish for the early arrival of the festival of Lohri and the basant (spring) season, flying of kites emerges as a favoured pastime.punjab Updated: Dec 26, 2014 14:08 IST
With the chill making people wish for the early arrival of the festival of Lohri and the basant (spring) season, flying of kites emerges as a favoured pastime.
However, shoddy implementation of the prohibition of sale of nylon thread (also known as Chinese thread) means that hundreds of people and birds end up being injured each year.In 2014 so far, at least 80 cases of injuries to humans and 200 cases of birds being injured have been reported.
The district administration has failed to take any initiative to stop the sale of these dangerous threads, with the police failing to stop the sale, even as it is common knowledge that wholesalers have set up shop at the Gur Mandi.
Other areas where the thread is freely available are Fieldgunj, college road, BRS Nagar, Model Town, Daresi, Haibowal, Upkar Nagar and Salem Tabri.
Sanjeev Uppal, professor and head of plastic surgery department at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) said, “At least 15 cases of injuries due to nylon thread were received during this kite flying season. Most cases relate to injuries on hands and necks of two-wheeler drivers. Some children reported severe injuries due to the nylon threads.”
He said that most of the cases went unreported as patients got treated only at private clinics.
Sandeep Jain, president of the local chapter of the NGO, People for Animal (PFA), and a member of the animal welfare board, said injuries to birds was common during this season due to the use of nylon threads.
“Nylon thread is very hard to break and causes injuries on wings and other parts of birds. Over 200 cases of bird injuries are received every year due to the use of nylon or Chinese thread. Many cases go unreported,” said Jain.
Police have not conducted any major raid on the wholesalers of Chinese threads due to unknown reasons. The trend has been to catch the small fry and let the big suppliers go free.
Harmohan Singh, holding the charge of deputy commissioner of police (DCP), said, “Action will soon be taken against people selling nylon thread in the market.”