Cuttack: Fly kites but make sure you don’t use dangerous glass-coated strings or Chinese Manja this Makar Sankranti. You will be in for trouble for the violation.
Taking strong note of a string of incidents involving death and injury caused to humans and birds by sharp kite strings, the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) has banned the use and sale of Chinese Manja and glass coated strings for flying of kites this Makar Sankranti on Thursday.
In a press statement, the civic body stated "On the occasion of Makar Sankranti on 14.01.2021, it is hereby ordered that, there will be complete ban on use of Chinese manja, Glass embossed strings, which are responsible for injuries and deaths of humans and thousands of birds during flying of kites."
The order has been issued in the public interest in a bid to avoid any possible untoward incident, officials said.
The civic body has also constituted three special teams under the direct supervision of Deputy Commissioner (Enforcement) Dr Abinash Rout to ensure strict enforcement of the directive.
The team-1 which is led by senior officer Panchanan Pal includes other members like Prafulla Kumar Mangal, Subhas Chandra Barik, SK Almas while team-2 will be headed by Ranjit Kumar Sahoo with N Dhabali Rao, T Buji and Ashok Kumar Barik as its members.
Similarly, Bansidhar Sahoo will be heading the team-3 having other three members including Niranjan Brahma, Surendra Nayak, Jyoti Ranjan Das, the release stated.
These teams will carry out surprise raids at wholesale and retail outlets selling the deadly threads. These officials will also patrol in the city to prevent flying of kites on the rooftop and roadsides using dangerous strings, sources said.
The civic body has warned of strict action against persons/outlets violating official directives.
Places in the city like Bali Yatra ground, Bidanasi ground, Sunshine ground, Kathajodi riverbed, Khannagar park, Potapokhari, Panhamukhi Hanuman temple ground at Khannagar usually witness mass kite flying during winter season especially on the day of Makar Sankranti.
The sharp Manja strings have often proved fatal for the humans as well as birds in the previous years which prompted the district administration and CMC authorities to impose a blanket ban on use of the deadly thread.