RAWALPINDI – The ban on kite-flying and metallic strings is openly being violated in the city and cantonment areas.The residents of the city have expressed concern over kite flying and use of metallic strings. It is a question mark on the performance of authorities concerned. The police seem to have shut eyes as kites can be seen flying in several areas of the city in total violation of the ban. The areas include Peoples Colony, Tench Bhatta, Dhoke Seydan, Kiani Road, Dhoke Chaudharian, Adyala Road, Bakra Mandi, Masrial and others, where kite flying continues unchecked. Mumtaz, a resident of downtown city area, told APP that the kites could be witnessed flying in many areas, specially on Sundays, but the administration had failed to implement the ban. He said March 8 had been fixed to celebrate Basant in Cantt areas. He demanded of the authorities to manage strict compliance of the kite-flying ban to prevent road accidents and loss of precious human lives.Haider, another city resident, urged the police high-ups to ensure a complete ban on the sale of kites, strings, particularly mettalic ones along with fireworks materail. The citizens demanded of Punjab Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif and the district government to strictly implement the ban on kite flying.It may be noted that the Chief Minister had announced that administration and police concerned would be held accountable for the violation of the ban on kite flying in any district of the province. However, no appropriate measures seem to have been taken to curb the activity. The violation of kite-flying ban has become a routine in the city, which has been causing different problems for the people vis-a-vis traffic. Owing to easy availability, the youth purchase kites and violate the ban by flying kites not only on rooftops but also on roads.