Alert! 437 cases of stubble burning recorded in Haryana, NH-1 major culprit

By: | Published: October 14, 2017 12:46 PM

The highest incidents of harvest residue burning are being reported from Haryana. Burning of stubble, which had spiked the Air pollution levels alarmingly high last year, has begun again.

Harvest residue, Haryana, Air pollution, Stubble burning, pollution levels, India, smog, Diwali, farmers, PunjabBurning of stubble, which had spiked the Air pollution levels alarmingly high last year, has begun again.(Image: IE)

The highest incidents of harvest residue burning are being reported from Haryana. Burning of stubble, which had spiked the Air pollution levels alarmingly high last year, has begun again. As per a report by The Indian Express, stubble burning cases are recorded highest in Haryana, especially, from areas falling on the lines of National Highway 1, connecting New Delhi to Chandigarh. The report said that from September 22 to October 12, 437 cases of stubble burning were reported in the state.

To control such cases, police has been lodging FIRs against the farmers involved. “In some of these cases, we lodged FIRs against the farmers concerned. In the other cases, they were only challaned,” S Narayanan, member secretary of Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) said, as reported by IE. Besides 37 challans, which were charged on farmers in Sonipat and Panipat, a penalty amount of around Rs 4.09 lakh in 148 cases has also been obtained from the farmers. Around 94 cases of stubble burning were recorded alone on Friday.

While talking to IE, S Narayanan from HSPCB said,”We run a campaign on the basis of reports from ground staff and the Haryana Space Application Centre (HARSAC) via satellite imagery regarding the intensity of stubble burning. In Karnal and Kurukshetra, paddy harvesting began early. In other areas such as Sirsa, Kaithal and Jind, paddy harvesting will pick up a little later. We will keep an eye on cases of stubble burning.”

As a part of tackling the problem, a cash reward of Rs 50,000 has also been kept for the village panchayats to lure them, so as to stop the harvest residue burning. Talking to IE, Haryana Additional Chief Secretary Dheera Khandelwal said, they will honour 100 village panchayats with cash reward of Rs 50,000 each if they report zero cases of stubble burning this year. Besides, six paddy straw-based biomass power projects are in process and would be set up in the state during the next two years.

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