Lucknow: In the recent years there have been multiple reports in and around the Metro Corridor that owing to kite flying not just service but individuals at large have been affected.
In a city where Patangbaazi or Pech Ladana is stuff of legend, the Lucknow Metro has issued an appeal to one and all in the city. On the occasion of Makar Sakranti; the UPMRC has made an appeal to avoid Chinese Manjha near Metro Corridor for the convenience of commuters.
While Kumar Keshav, MD, UPMRC wished Lucknowites on the auspicious occasion of ‘Lohri’ & ‘Makar Sakranti’, he also urged people to cooperate in celebrating the festival with the promise of not using ‘Chinese manjha’ for kite flying. He said, “This is a season of togetherness & belongingness and keeping this spirit alive all of us should enjoy this festival with your loved ones. Kite flying should be avoided using ‘Chinese manjha’ or any kind of metallic thread while maintaining safe distance from metro corridor as it causes damage to life & property.”
Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC) has been regularly running awareness drives & campaigns to make the people aware of inconvenience caused by kite flying especially near the Metro corridor. Inspite of repeated advisories issued in public interest, kite flying activities have been on the rise leading to disruption of metro services.
The ‘Chinese manjha’ or metallic thread being a good conductor causes short circuit upon entanglement with OHE (Overhead Electrification). OHE provides traction (power supply) for the running of Metro which gets damaged by this metallic thread. This can not only prove fatal for the kite flyer by causing electrocution leading to casualty but also poses a serious threat to Metro property.
According to Section 78 (Crime and Punishment) of Section 11 (Crime and Punishment) of Metro Railway Act 2002, there is a provision of 10 years’ imprisonment for the person causing damage to Metro property and that too without a warrant. Notably after the resumption of Metro services on 7th September, 2020, the ridership of Lucknow Metro has been increasing gradually crossing the 38,471 mark.