1K farm fire incidents in Bathinda - ECAS Punjab

1K farm fire incidents in Bathinda

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Bathinda, May 20

The large-scale burning of wheat stubble by farmers in the region appears to be going on unchecked despite the government's directive.

The Punjab Pollution Control Board has reported 1,035 cases of wheat straw burning in Bathinda district alone.

The board takes the help of satellite imaging to identify the sites where residue is set on fire. After getting the images through remote sensing technique, a team is sent to the spot to ascertain the area of the land on which the stubble was burnt.

The Maur police have taken a strict action against two farmers of Sandoha village here for allegedly burning wheat straw.

Shingara Singh Mann, state secretary, BKU (Ekta Ugrahan), said: "The farmers are also in favour of conserving the environment, but the process of using stubble involves a huge cost. We want the state government to extend financial help of Rs2,500 per acre and to ensure eight hours of regular power supply along with providing farm equipment on subsidy."

DC B Srinivasan said: "Teams have been constituted, which are visiting the spots and imposing fines on erring farmers found burning wheat straw in the fields." — TNS

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