To ensure a safe Basant Panchami, the district administration has banned the use of Chinese kite strings in the district.
Flying kites is popular during the festival that is celebrated with zeal in the Malwa belt of Punjab. However, the use of Chinese strings, which are in vogue owing to their sharpness and less cost, leads to a spate of accidents every year.
These plastic strings do not break easily and commuters on two-wheelers and animals often get entangled in these, leading to bruises and even deaths. The plastic strings are also harmful to environment as these do not decompose easily.
Vinod Kumar, who is the biggest retailer of kite strings in the city, said that Chinese strings are made by heating and moulding the waste plastic material, such as bags and bottles. “Flying kites with plastic strings also takes the fun out of the game, as these cannot be cut by a person using traditional strings,” he said.
Under the order passed by deputy commissioner (DC) Arshdeep Singh Thind, the storage, sale and use of plastic strings has been prohibited. Thind said that people should show more concern towards environment. The orders would remain in place after the festival as well and action would be taken against all defaulters, said the DC.