Stubble burning cases soar to 3-year high, cross 58,000 in Punjab - ECAS Punjab

Stubble burning cases soar to 3-year high, cross 58,000 in Punjab

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Harshraj Singh

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 7

Breaking the records of past three years, the stubble burning cases have crossed the 58,000-mark in the state during the ongoing kharif season. A total of 58,448 stubble burning cases were reported in Punjab till November 7 evening while more cases are likely to be reported in coming days.

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Gagandeep Singh Walia, Local

The ash of burnt stubble is falling on the rooftops of our houses. The government should take steps to control stubble fire incidents.

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This year's figure of stubble burning cases is higher than the total number of cases that were reported in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The total number of such cases were 45,384 in 2017, 50,590 in 2018 and 55,210 in 2019. On Saturday, a total of 5,406 cases (maximum 831 from Bathinda) were reported in the state.

The maximum cases this year so far (till November 6) have been from Sangrur (6,876), followed by Ferozepur (5,609), Bathinda (4,451), Patiala (4,344) and Tarn Taran (4,238). The cases are rapidly rising in other districts too.

Meanwhile, the air quality has dipped in different parts of the state. The air quality index (AQI) was 282 in Patiala, 252 in Amritsar, 229 in Jalandhar, 224 in Rupnagar and 203 in Ludhiana at 8 pm on Saturday. If the AQI falls between 201 and 300, it is considered to be in the "poor" category and can cause breathing discomfort to most people on prolonged exposure.

As many as 2,805 farm fire case were reported in Ludhiana district till Friday. Ludhiana resident Gagandeep Singh Walia said, "The ash of burnt stubble is falling on the rooftops of our houses. The government should take steps to control stubble fire incidents."

Kuldeep Singh of Bharti Kisan Union said, "We had demanded from the government to pay us bonus for the management of stubble last year, but nothing was done. If the government pays bonus to farmers for the management of stubble, they will not be forced to burn stubble."

Member-Secretary of the PPCB Krunesh Garg said they had imposed a penalty of over Rs 2 crore for stubble burning so far. "The situation will be controlled soon," he said.



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