Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation has completely banned the purchase and sale of Nylon Manja and a fine of Rs 1,000 will also be imposed on those found in possession.
Deputy Municipal Commissioner Vijay Deshmukh has said that on Thursday, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation has issued a circular completely banning the purchase and sale of nylon manja (pointed wire of a kite) which is harmful to birds as well as people. are also injured and killed.
The circular under section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act 1986 was issued by Dr. Gajendra Mahalle, the nodal officer for solid waste management.
All the Assistant Municipal Commissioners of about 10 zones have also been asked to supervise the traders on account of Makar Sankranti (to be celebrated on January 14).
Dr Gajendra has also said in his own circular that if any person violates these orders, then they will be punishable under Section 5 of the Environment Protection Act.
Forest Department Take Action
This time Nagpur Municipal Corporation has issued the circular long back. And Dr. Gajendra has also pointed out that this will greatly help the Nagpur Municipal Corporation to implement the Act without any opposition from the traders.
Last year, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation had banned both the use and sale of nylon Manja. Nagpur Municipal Corporation, with the help of the nuisance detection squad, had seized 297 wheels of nylon manja not only from traders but also from kite hawkers. Apart from this, it had also collected fines up to Rs 1.30 lakh from the violators.
Animal activists have welcomed the move and have also said that it will now go a long way in saving the lives of hundreds of birds and animals. Animal activist Sachin Gaikwad has also said that not only nylon manja, but also glass-covered manja harms birds and animals. He has also said that hunting under section 9 of a similar thread is also punishable under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and the forest department can also take action on it. Gaikwad has said that causing any kind of injury or death to domestic animals attracts the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960.
Dr. Gajendra has also said that apart from banning nylon manja, Nagpur Municipal Corporation will also resume action against kite sellers if they are found selling plastic kites.