City NGO starts ambulance service for manja victims

ST CORRESPONDENT
Thursday, 10 January 2019

Kalyan Gangwal said, “Last year, as many as 11 people lost their lives because of it. Seven and four people lost their lives in Delhi and Pune respectively."

PUNE: Considering last year’s incidents of deaths caused by nylon and synthetic (China) manja during Makar Sankranti, this year a city-based NGO Sarv Jeev Mangal Prathisthan has started a rescue operation by providing an ambulance to save and rescue people and animals if any such accidents take place.

Kalyan Gangwal, who is a physician by profession and president of Sarv Jeev Mangal Prathisthan,  said, “Last year, as many as 11 people lost their lives because of it. Seven and four people lost their lives in Delhi and Pune respectively. In July 2017, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) imposed a blanket ban on nylon and synthetic manja as it posed a serious threat to humans and animals. However, many small vendors in the city are still selling it openly which is why several people and birds are losing their lives.”

“Therefore, we have started with ‘Vidya Praman Rescue Operation’ which will have an ambulance with a doctor and volunteers and will be available 24X7. This ambulance has started operating from January 9 and will be functional till January 19,” Gangwal said.

Gangwal also mentioned that 10 years ago manja made in China has started selling in the market. And till now, around 2,000 people were killed due to it. 

HELP A CALL AWAY
Helpline numbers on which people can call for rescue operation if China made manja has entangled to any person or bird are – Kalyan Gangwal: 9823017343; Sunil Pardeshi: 9823209184; Anil Auchite: 9422349789. 

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