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NGT bans use of nylon and synthetic manja

String used to fly kites, is made of nylon or synthetic material,w hich is non-biodegradable

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

NGT bans nylon and synthetic manja
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The Green Tribunal on Tuesday imposed a complete ban on 'manja', the string used to fly kites, made of or any which is non-biodegradable, saying it posed a threat to the lives of birds, and

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed all state governments to prohibit the "manufacture, sale, storage, purchase and use" of synthetic or threads and all other synthetic threads used for flying kites.

The green panel clarified that the ban order would apply on nylon, Chinese and cotton coated with glass.

"There shall be a total ban on the or thread for kite flying which is made of or any other and or is coated with synthetic substance and is non-biodegradable...

"All chief secretaries of states and Union Territories are directed to enforce prohibition on manufacture and use of synthetic manja/nylon thread for flying kites throughout the country," the bench said.

The judgement came on the plea filed by animal rights body People for Ethical Treatment of (PETA), Khalid Ashraf and others which had contended that 'manja' posed a grave threat to and as every year a number of deaths are caused by it.

"Due to 'manja' being coated with glass, metals and other sharp material, these strings act as good conductors of electricity, increasing the probability of detached manja strings stuck in power lines, electrocuting kite flyers and passers-by coming into contact with these strings," the petition had said.

had averred that minor children were engaged by the cottage industry for the manufacture of 'manja' which caused respiratory problems as they inhaled harmful substances which were extremely detrimental to their health.

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First Published: Tue, July 11 2017. 14:19 IST