Ahmedabad: The city police in the last week caught seized just 467 spools of Chinese manja and 310 Chinese tukkals, which have been banned by the state government.
These Chinese threads and tukkals have been banned through a notification, but according to officials, neither the forest department nor the police seem keen on implementing the ban. A senior forest officer, who asked not to be identified, said, "The ban is only on paper and action was only taken to show that they have taken action. Chinese thread is available in the market."
According to the city police, only 39 cases where people were caught with one or two firkis (spools) were registered, while just nine cases were registered for the illegal sale of Chinese tukkals. According to police, they registered one case for the sale of 'Chinese manja' on January 9, followed by four cases on January 10 and from January 11, 31 cases have been registered. However, only Sunday evening will tell how effective the ban on 'Chinese tukkals' has been.
Meanwhile, 1962, the Karuna Abhiyaan control room number was not operational today. Several citizens say they are unable to lodge requests for bird rescues. People also complained using the Citizen Reporter app of The Times of India. Khusbhu Shah from Thaltej complained: "I called the bird helpline six times, but there was no response."