NASHIK: Despite a ban on nylon Manja and cases of physical hurt, few sellers in the city continue to sell it before the festival of Makar Sankranti. Traditional shop owners are strictly avoiding selling the banned kite-flying component, however, don’t deny its availability in the market. Kite shops at RK, Panchavati are in full swing for business ahead of the fast approaching Makar Sankranti festival.
Flying kite during the Makar Sankranti is big fun. During this time the sky remains full of colorful kites. However, in the last few years, the festival has taken on a gruesome look. The skill of the kite-flyer was at stake. The game has taken a serious turn. Many kite flyers consider it a blessing to cut the kites of others rather than enjoying flying kites.
The remedies used for this are becoming life-threatening not only for the birds in the sky but also for human beings. Instead of using plain and unharmful manja, many kite flyers are turning to manjas like Bareilly, Panda, Surati and some are even using the banned and dangerous nylon thread. It has come to light that nylon manja is being sold secretly.
Citizens are accusing that the sale of banned nylon thread is a sign of the administration’s reluctance, despite the fact that the two bikers were injured over the past week due to the nylon thread.
Corporator Salim Sheikh said that it was reprehensible to earn money from the sale of the banned product. Last week, two bikers from the Satpur area were strangled by a nylon cat. Uttam Salve, a bullet rider in the Samruddhnagar area, and Anushka Pawar, a young woman on a two-wheeler in Samtanagar, had their throats slit due to the nylon manja.
“Nylon manja should not be sold otherwise a case will be registered,” warned Mahendra Chavan, Senior Police Inspector, Satpur Police Station. Despite the ban on the sale of nylon thread, the sale is rampant in the Satpur area. Police should launch crackdown on vendors selling nylon manja to prevent untoward incidents, appealed Corporator Sheikh.
In 2017, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) banned the production, storage, sale, and use of nylon or synthetic threads popularly known as “Chinese Manja” across India but excluded the cotton threads coated with glass popularly known as “Bareilly ka Manja.”