Admn, NGOs join hands to check sale of Chinese string

Admn, NGOs join hands to check sale of Chinese string

Tribune News Service

Faridkot, January 20

The upcoming festival of Basant Panchmi will onset the kite flying season. But kite flying competitions may bring along many troubles with it, all thanks to China-made string used to fly kite. The flagrant use of ‘banned’ Chinese string for kite flying has left many, including motor bike rides and birds, injured. To handle the situation, the Faridkot administration and various NGOs have resolved to restrict the sale and use of metal-laced Chinese string in the area.

All Sub-Divisional Magistrates (SDMs) in the district, with help of NGOs, will work to restrict the sale of the banned string and urge people to inform them, if they encounter sale of the material.

The police have also been directed to keep tabs on the sale of Chinese string. “City roads become unsafe as the use of Chinese kite string poses a threat of grievous injuries to two-wheelers and pedestrians,” said members of the Society of Ecological and Environmental Resources (SEER), which has already started a campaign over the issue.

Holding a meeting of school students, Gurpreet Singh Chandbaja, president of Bhai Kanahiya Cancer Roko Society, said the Chinese string was made of plastic-like material and it stretched on being pulled. Its edges get sharpened and on coming in contact with human skin, the string could cause grievous injuries, he said. Another threat was from the metal coating on the string. Gurpreet said the string could lead to accidents on coming in contact with live electric wires.

Kite flyers prefer Chinese thread as it carries more strength and is cheap. The string is dangerous for birds in the sky. Once the birds came in contact with the string, they get slashed.

Due to a shortage of open spaces and grounds, kite flyers rely on their roof to fly the kites, exposing them to all three risks, of falling from roof, kite thread coming in contact with electric wires and the thread coming in contact with the passers-by on roads,” said Vikas Arora, a school teacher in Faridkot.

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