The AAP government today told the Delhi High Court that ‘Chinese manja’ would be banned soon as it is “conscious of injuries” caused by the kite-flying thread made of nylon.
A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal was informed that the Delhi government was in process of issuing a notification for banning ‘Chinese manja’ and only allowing kite-flying with a cotton thread or natural fibre, “free from any metallic or glass components”.
“A draft notification imposing complete ban or sale, production, storage, supply and use of nylon, plastic and Chinese manja and any other kite-flying thread that is sharp or made sharp such as by being laced with the glass, metal or other sharp objects in Delhi and allowing kite-flying only with a cotton thread/natural fibre, free from any metallic/ glass components was prepared by the Environment Ministry of the Delhi government and vetted by the Delhi government’s Law Department.
“The proposed draft notification is under process from the competent authority,” the Delhi government said in their affidavit.
The AAP government’s response came in the backdrop of the court’s notice issued to it on a plea seeking prohibition on the manufacture, sale, use and purchase of ‘Chinese manja’, alleging that it is “razor sharp” and has caused several deaths across the country as it is capable of cutting human flesh.
The petitioner, Zulfiquar Hussain, has alleged in his plea that earlier the “victims” of the synthetic thread were birds, “but now humans are also under threat” and referred to the recent death of a 28-year-old man in East Delhi whose throat got slit allegedly by such a thread while he was riding a motorbike. The court was also told that a similar plea for ban on ‘Chinese manja’ was before the Supreme Court which has observed that since the issue relates to the protection of environment and wild life, the same should be adjudicated upon by the National Green Tribunal.
The high court then asked the counsel for both the parties to produce the Supreme Court order on the issue by tomorrow.
It also asked the Delhi government’s counsel to inform the court whether the notification will be issued soon or it will take time, observing that the kites are flown on August 15.
The plea has referred to deaths allegedly caused by injuries from kite flying thread in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat.
The petition contended that use and sale of the thread has been banned by the Rajasthan High Court and that the Allahabad High Court has issued directions to take necessary steps to prohibit manufacture, use and sale of synthetic kite flying thread like ‘Chinese manja’.
The plea, filed through advocate Tariq Adeeb, also said that Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh governments have banned this thread.
It has contended that use, manufacture and sale of the thread is illegal under Environment Protection Act 1986 and sought directions to the government to “strictly enforce the prohibition throughout Delhi”.