Hyderabad: Raids to discourage people from selling ‘Chinese manja’, the shredded glass-coated plastic thread, reached different districts with Forest Department officials seizing such manja in large quantities.
So far, the officials have seized 100 kg of such manja from different parts of the State. A release from the department said it had also been reaching out to various clubs and organisations to discourage their members from using ‘Chinese manja’ that poses a severe threat not just to birds but also to humans.
In one of the raids on Saturday, the officials seized 20 bundles of the manja at Pijnari Gutta and Gandhi Chowk in Nirmal town, the department said. In the city, the Forest Department officials inspected kite stores in Erragadda and seized several rolls of the manja.
It also said some clubs had already begun banning the use of ‘Chinese manja’. The Hyderabad Golf Club had issued a notice to all its members not to use the manja, the department added. In the past three years, 130 cases were booked against people selling such manja.
The department had also released a video on the dangers posed by ‘Chinese manja’ to birds and humans. The department urged people to enjoy flying kites using the traditional cotton thread.