1. Satellite snaps show crop fires in Punjab, Haryana; Delhi air quality may see impact

Satellite snaps show crop fires in Punjab, Haryana; Delhi air quality may see impact

Earlier this month, Delhi High Court had warned four states of Punjab, Haryana, UP and Rajasthan that they would be responsible if crop burning continued in their states.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: October 15, 2016 3:08 PM
In Punjab and Haryana, the burning of paddy stubbles to clear the fields for the winter sowing is a common practice, which leads to severe air pollution across the region. In Punjab and Haryana, the burning of paddy stubbles to clear the fields for the winter sowing is a common practice, which leads to severe air pollution across the region. (Photo: The Indian Express)

Crop fires have started raging across north Haryana and Punjab, despite warning by the Delhi High Court, NASA satellites have revealed bringing in bad news for Delhi, which is already facing poor air quality. As compared to last year, fires may have begun early this year, the data has revealed.

In Punjab and Haryana, the burning of paddy stubbles to clear the fields for the winter sowing is a common practice, which leads to severe air pollution across the region. It’s one of the major factor for the sharp drop in air quality mostly seen in October-November over Delhi-NCR .

A visual image from NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) website indicates ‘fire spots’ on Punjab and northern Haryana, with each spot showing thermal and fire anomalies. Maps show geographic spread of burning of crops. The fire forms have been remained same on October 8 and afterwords, a ‘The times of India’ report has said.

Images from the same period last year show visibly fewer fire spots. Stubble burning usually peaks in early November.

Earlier this month, the Delhi High Court had warned four states of Punjab, Haryana, UP and Rajasthan that they would be responsible if crop burning continued in their states this year also.

In coming days, fires may impact Delhi’s air quality. This week, the national capital recorded “poor” air quality according to the ir quality index bulletin of Central Pollution Control Board.

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