Makar Sankranti 2024: Mumbai Police Enforces Ban on Nylon Manja, Declares Its Use Punishable

Ban on Nylon Manja

Mumbai, January 12, 2024 – In an effort to safeguard both humans and avian species during the upcoming Makar Sankranti festival, Mumbai Police issued a preventive order on Friday, banning the use of nylon manja. The order stipulates that the use of this type of kite-flying thread will be deemed a punishable offense.

The decision was made in response to the annual observation of injuries caused to individuals and birds due to the use of plastic or synthetic materials in kite strings, commonly referred to as nylon manja. The injuries sustained during the festival, often fatal, prompted the Mumbai Police to take preventive measures.

The police order highlights the environmental impact of the plastic-based threads, emphasizing the non-biodegradable nature of nylon manja. The threads, along with kites, often end up on the ground and contribute to ecological damage, causing blockages in sewers, drainage lines, and natural waterways. The longevity of plastic materials exacerbates these issues, leading to adverse effects on soil, waterways, and local wildlife.

The directive, issued by Vishal Thakur, DCP (Operations), Mumbai, notes that the extensive use of non-biodegradable synthetic threads can result in flashovers on power lines and substations. This poses a threat to power infrastructure, causing interruptions, damage to electrical assets, accidents, injuries to wildlife, and potential loss of human life.

In a bid to protect endangered and rare bird species, the order prohibits the use, sale, and storage of nylon manja for a period of 30 days, starting from January 12, 2024, to February 10, 2024. The ban encompasses the jurisdiction of the Mumbai Police Commissionerate, with violators facing punishment under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.

The Mumbai Police emphasized the necessity of this ban to ensure the well-being of both humans and wildlife during the festive season. The order will remain in effect until February 10, 2024, unless withdrawn earlier. Authorities urge citizens to comply with the directive to promote a safer and environmentally conscious celebration of Makar Sankranti.

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