40% of pollution in the NCR due to farm fires: Panel: The Tribune India

New Delhi, November 15

Contrary to the Supreme Court’s observation that “stubble burning is not responsible for air pollution to that extent”, the Commission for the Management of Air Quality in the NCR and the Adjacent areas blamed him for around 35-40% of the current total pollution in the NCR. .

“After Diwali there has been an increase in the number of fires due to the burning of rice stubble, particularly in Punjab where around 42,285 farm fires have been reported in the last 10 days alone, out of a cumulative number of 62,863 fires until November 13. this season, ”recorded the committee at its November 14 meeting.

Likewise, cases of paddy stubble burning in Haryana have also seen an increase over last year (with 5,400 incidents reported in 2021 compared to a cumulative figure of 3,635 in Haryana. corresponding period in 2020) “, he noted. The meeting chaired by the chairman of the commission MM Kutty stressed that” efforts should be intensified to control cases of stubble burning to a minimum, as currently the burning of the Paddy stubble contributed about 35-40% of the total pollution load in Delhi-NCR ”.

Measures to tackle stubble burning, based on the key elements of the framework / action plan, were discussed in a preparatory meeting with the Delhi Chief Secretary on September 20, the Center said. in his affidavit. However, a three-judge panel led by CJI NV Ramana, who on Monday asked the Center to call an emergency meeting on Tuesday to deal with the situation, found that the main contributors to air pollution in the NCR were construction activities, performing non-essential industries, transportation and coal-fired power plants etc. – TNS

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