The Calcutta High Court has directed the Kolkata Administration to strictly adhere to the notification banning Chinese nylon and plastic manjha for kites.
A bench comprising the Chief Justice Thottathil B Radhakrishnan and Justice Arijit Banerjee was hearing a petition filed by Karunamoyee Samanta with the grievance that kites are being flown with Chinese manjha/Nylon manjha etc. which pose threat to the pedestrians and motorcyclists particularly who use flyovers for commuting.
The bench while perusing the reports filed by the Commissioner of Police, Kolkata and Commissioner, Department of Environment, Government of West Bengal observed that pursuant to an order passed by the National Green Tribunal, a complete ban has been imposed on the use of Chinese/Nylon/Plastic manjha or thread for kite flying. To this end, a notification dated March 20, 2020 has been issued by the Department of Environment, Government of West Bengal invoking Section 5 of the Environment Protection Act, 1986 and in compliance with the directions of the National Green Tribunal.
Since, the complaint of the petitioner had been redressed the bench disposed of the petition however it clarified that the notification issued by the State Government shall be strictly adhered to by the administration and will be given full effect.
Read the order here;Karunamoyee-Samanta
-India Legal Bureau