In a bid to curb the alarming rise in string-related injuries during kite flying, the Department of Science, Technology, and Environment has issued a crucial notification. The department now mandates the use of cotton-made threads exclusively, emphasizing the need for them to be free from any sharp components.
To ensure compliance with this imperative directive, the department has implemented strict penalties for violators under the Environment (Protection) Act 1986. Offenders could face imprisonment for up to five years and a hefty fine of up to Rs 1 lakh.
Despite a ban imposed in February 2018, the use of synthetic and nylon strings, particularly the Chinese variants, has persisted. These dangerous materials have been found to cause severe injuries not only to humans but also to birds and animals.
To enforce the new notification effectively, the department has granted authorization to various officials. Executive magistrates, tehsildars, wildlife inspectors, Sub-Inspectors, Class C and above officials of civic bodies, as well as assistant environmental engineers of the PPCB, have been empowered to implement and oversee compliance.
Reports of violations will be promptly addressed by the Chairman and member secretary of the PPCB, along with the District Collectors and Sub-Divisional Magistrates. Action will be taken against individuals based on the thorough investigations conducted by dedicated enforcement officers.
These stringent measures aim to safeguard public safety and protect the well-being of our diverse wildlife population. By adopting cotton-made threads devoid of hazardous components, kite enthusiasts can continue to enjoy their favorite pastime while minimizing the risk of harm to themselves and the environment.