The Gujarat High Court Wednesday issued notice to the state government on a pil PIL seeking ban on kite flying and hot air balloon lanterns during the Uttarayan festival, arguing that the festivity causes death and injuries to humans, animals and birds. A division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice V M Pancholi issued notice to the government and posted the matter for next hearing on December 20. The bench also asked the government to explain what measures have been taken to prevent such accidents during Uttarayan.
The PIL also seeks the court’s intervention to stop the use of Chinese manjha which causes maximum damage to people, birds and animals. The petition, filed by Siddharajsinh Chudas-ama, an advocate, seeks complete ban on kite flying in the state.