Despite ban, birds get hurt by ‘manja’

Sakal Times
Monday, 8 January 2018

On Monday morning, officials of the Pune fire department rescued a bird, which was stuck in a tree and was entangled in manja in Bhavani Peth. Fire Officer Prakash Gore said that as the festival of Makarsankranti is approaching, people have started kite-flying and such incidents are reported frequently during these days. “Although there is a ban on sale and use of manja, we can easily find glass coated manja in the market. This is indeed dangerous for birds and animal

Pune: Despite the State government placing a ban on nylon manja (kite strings) to protect birds and animals, officials of the Pune fire department claim that at least 10 incidents of birds getting killed or harmed due to manja during the Makarsankranti festival are reported every year.

On Monday morning, officials of the Pune fire department rescued a bird, which was stuck in a tree and was entangled in manja in Bhavani Peth. Fire Officer Prakash Gore said that as the festival of Makarsankranti is approaching, people have started kite-flying and such incidents are reported frequently during these days. “Although there is a ban on sale and use of manja, we can easily find glass coated manja in the market. This is indeed dangerous for birds and animals,” added Gore.

Deputy Conservator of Forests RM Naikade said that the ban on manja was a good move by the government but people should be made more aware of not using manja. As per the information shared by officials of Pune fire department, 284 incidents of birds and animal rescue were reported in 2017, which majorly includes rescuing birds. Fire officer Gore stressed that parents should keep a watch on their children’s activities and force them not to fly kites.”

Similarly, we must also see that glass coated manja is not sold in the market. A person can alert fire department or various NGOs involved in the rescue of birds if they come across any animal or bird in need of help,” added Gore.

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