Kite flying, in Delhi is synonymous to Independence Day. But after those fine glass lined threads, manjha claimed the lives of two kids and an adult, the Delhi government on Tuesday drafted a notice to ban what is popularly called as Chinese Manjha. The latter is made of nylon and doesn’t break easily in comparison to the Bareilly cotton manjha.
Three-year-old Saanchi Goyal and Harry, 4, were travelling with their heads out of sunroofs in cars on Monday evening, when kite strings slit their throats. In West Delhi, a 22-year-old man Zafar Khan was killed when a kite string slashed his throat while he was riding a motorcycle.
Criticizing the AAP government, Ajay Maken tweeted that the notice for prohibiting Chinese i comes after 4 deaths took place in the capital.
2Aug, AAP Govt informed Court-Notification to ban synthetic Manjha drafted-
Took 4 deaths on 15 to notify on 16th? pic.twitter.com/o8ygOpy65X
— Ajay Maken (@ajaymaken) August 17, 2016
The notice drafted by delhi government imposes a complete ban on sale, production, supply and use of nylon, plastic and Chinese manjha and any other kite-flying thread that is made sharp by lacing glass, an official release said.
Bareilly cotton manjha is made up of rice flour and a mix of some masala due to which it is easy to break, while, Chinese manjha is made of nylon and is of the type that is used in fishing rods. Moreover, due to the price difference in both varieties, shopkeepers selling manjha have been facing losses since Chinese manjha came in market.
In Lal Kuan, a popular wholesale market of kite dealers, there is a difference of at least Rs 800 between the Chinese and Bareilly cotton manjha. While 12 reels of cotton manjha costs about Rs 1,150 and above depending on the quality, 12 reels of Chinese manjha costs just about Rs 350.