The Disaster Response Force (DRF) wing of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), rescued an eagle which was trapped in a tree near the Telangana Legislative Assembly, due to Chinese manja getting stuck in its wings.
The rescue operation was carried out along with officials of the Telangana State Disaster Response and Fire Services Department. The bird was found trapped on a mango tree near Gate number 2 of the Assembly and officials carefully brought it down and untangled the bird from the manja, following which it flew away.
Over the years, kite flying using Chinese manja (synthetic thread coated with finely crushed glass) has become popular, but it causes harm to human beings and birds. The manja is banned in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
The Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has informed all the states and Union Territories about the threat posed to birds like vultures, kites, owls, pigeons, crows due to use of 'Chinese Dor' and requested them to take appropriate action.
The Telangana government has also said that a ban was imposed under Section 5 of The Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 on "procuring, stocking, sale and use of nylon thread, which is commonly called as 'Chinese Dor', or other synthetic (non- biodegradable) threads coated with glass used for kite flying."
In recent times, the DRF has rescued a cow from a septic tank in Alwal and a deer, which accidently fell into the Nallagandla lake.
It was in August last year, that Hyderabad became the second city in the country to have a dedicated Disaster Response Force, after Mumbai.
The DRF will reach out to the people during emergency situations such as flash floods, heavy rains, building collapses, fire mishaps and any other emergency situations.