Forest officials in Hyderabad seize 36kg synthetic manja

  • | Thursday | 14th January, 2021

In order to curb the usage of synthetic manja for kite flying, 187 shops were searched by 13 teams of forest staff and seized 36kg of banned synthetic manja in and around Hyderabad on Wednesday. They seized synthetic manja which was 182.5km in length.

In order to curb the usage of synthetic manja for kite flying, 187 shops were searched by 13 teams of forest staff and seized 36kg of banned synthetic manja in and around Hyderabad on Wednesday. They seized synthetic manja which was 182.5km in length.

One person was arrested in Jagtial district and a Chinese manja worth Rs 10,000 seized from him. Jagtial CCS police sub-inspector Srikanth raided the house of one Abdul Javed in Krishnanagar. The arrested person has been handed over to Jagtial town police for further action.

Officials were on alert for the use of Chinese manja across the state in view of Sankranti. Forest officials in the Bhadradri Kothagudem district also took up an awareness programme. “There are a variety of birds in the forest area and Chinese manja poses a danger to them. If birds get trapped, it will be impossible for them to wriggle out,” district forest officer (DFO) Laxman Ranjit told TOI. Teams that are going around in the district are warning people that anyone found using or selling Chinese manja is liable to pay a fine Rs 1 lakh.

Chinese manja has been banned by the National Green Tribunal because of the danger it poses to birds. Under the Environment Protection Act, the punishment for violating the law is Rs 1 lakh penalty and five years imprisonment. Under the Wildlife Protection Act, the fine is Rs 25,000 and imprisonment up to seven years.

While police and forest officials are on the job of preventing the use of Chinese manja in the entire state, special focus is also on Hyderabad as every year there are many instances of birds getting entangled.



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