In a welcome development, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered a complete ban on the use of manja made from Nylon or other synthetic material. Manja is a type of string which is used in India to fly kites. The NGT said that such synthetic manja poses an ever-present danger to the lives of birds, animals and humans as well. Synthetic manja is very sharp and if pulled against the skin at high speed, it easily tears the skin, causing severe bleeding leading to death. It has known to damage the wings of birds and every year there are hundreds of such incidents across the country during the kite flying season. The order for a blanket ban on manja was passed by a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar.
In the order, all state governments have been directed to prohibit the “manufacture, sale, storage, purchase and use” of synthetic manja or nylon threads and all other types of synthetic threads used for flying kites. The ban would cover Chinese manja, nylon manja, and the cotton manja that comes coated with very fine grounded glass. The NGT’s order comes in response to a petition filed by People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which is an animal rights body.