Bombay HC orders authorities to ensure there is no sale or manufacture of manja for Makar Sankranti

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court in Nagpur recently ordered authorities in Maharashtra to ensure that there is no sale, manufacture or storage of nylon thread – manja, which is used to fly deer – shuttlecocks, a sport widely practiced during the Makar Sankranti festival. The HC even asked the authorities to create awareness against the use of such manja.

A bench of Judges Sunil Shukre and Anil Pansare heard a suo motu PIL regarding the negative impact of the use of manja on birds and even sometimes on humans as there have been many accidents due to the same.

The judiciary, in its orders issued on December 15, noted that the National Green Court (NGT) had rendered a detailed judgment in July 2017, imposing a total ban on the manufacture or sale of such manja made from nylon or another synthetic material.

“We believe that the authorities should remain vigilant in the enforcement of the ban especially during the festival period like Makar Sankranti when the sport of kite flying is at its peak,” said the judiciary, while being of agrees with the observations made by Amicus Curiae (friend of the court) Devendra Chauhan.

“The judgment shows that a total ban has been imposed on manja or nylon thread for kites. It is further seen that all state governments have been ordered to ban the manufacture, storage, the use of manja or any other synthetic yarn for the kite. “, noted the judges, adding:” It is further noted that the importation of synthetic manja or nylon yarn or any similar coated yarn synthetic material in any part of the country has been banned. “

However, Chauhan pointed out that although the government of Maharashtra is one of the few states in the country to have complied with the NGT directive, the compliance left a lot to be desired as it is barely visible at ground level.

“It is also a common experience that kite flying using synthetic manja is rampant and still continues unhindered and, therefore, it is necessary that this year also the authorities keep a strict watch over it. ‘import, manufacture, sale and use of synthetic yarn comprising manja for kite flying and for this purpose,’ observed the judges.

The bench therefore ordered the Maharashtra authorities to form special cells comprising responsible officers in association and coordination with the respective Collectorates and the respective heads of the police department.

“These cells will need to ensure that not only awareness is created about the dangers of using nylon manja or any synthetic manja for kite flying, but also to take effective action against offenders. in accordance with the ban imposed by the NGT, “the judges ordered.

The bench, accordingly, ordered all relevant authorities to file detailed reports in accordance with the order of the NGT. The case will then be heard on January 5.

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Posted on: Sunday December 19th, 2021 9:56 PM IST

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