Hyderabad: To implement the complete ban imposed on use of synthetic glass coated thread by the National Green Tribunal, New Delhi and Government of Telangana, the Forest Department organized six mobile squads to check sale and purchase of synthetic manja during the Sankranthi Festival-2020.
The mobile squads conducted search on over 250 shops and establishments selling the banned substance and recovered 118 kgs.
of synthetic manja.
It is observed that the sale of the banned manja is carried out clandestinely and are not displayed openly. Compared to earlier years the quantum of sale of banned substance has come down significantly.
There is more awareness among the sellers as well as buyers.
The forest department with the help of NGOs and Volunteers ensured display of posters in the shops to create awareness about the harm caused by these banned substances on animals, birds, humans and environment.
Apart from forest department, the task force of police department, GHMC officials also implemented the ban orders.
Organizers of kite festivals in the city were also informed against use of the banned manja during kite flying competitions.
Overall the impact of awareness among general public against use of the synthetic manja is positive. (INN)