Images from NASA, over the last one week, have suggested an increase in the number of fires in Delhi-NCR area, showing that the crops are constantly being burnt in the region, mainly in Haryana, an Indian Express report said. This is beeing done even after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order to ban stubble burning completely. Images show rise in the number of cases of burning of crops in the region between April 25 and May 3. Months of March, April and May are mostly associated with burning of wheat stubble.
With Delhi’s air pollution being one of the worst in the world, there have been calls made for a complete ban on crop residue burning, believed to be a major health hazard, and the effort has intensified since last year.
Researchs from various studies have repeatedly reiterated that the region was a major source of pollution, which exposes people to harmful levels of particulate matter. The Gautam Buddh Nagar administration last week, had booked a case against a farmer for stubble burning in his field in Greater Noida, which was the first such case, according to IE.
The NGT was shown burning of crops in Kaithal district in Haryana on Wednesday, after which it asked state governments for a status report. The tribunal will next hear the case on May 11.
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Petitioner Vikrant Tongad, while noting that was the season for slow burning of wheat straw, said that the tribunal asked for an explanation on why the practice still continued despite ban order.“We submitted photographs to the NGT which prompted the court to seek a compliance report from Punjab, Haryana, UP and Rajasthan on the action taken against erring farmers, fines levied on them and the subsidy that has to be given to farmers to tackle this situation,” he was quoted as saying by Indian Express.
However, environmentalists, have pointed out that even while solutions are available to control burning of crops, still there are barriers to implementation.