Thursday, September 15, 2016

Stop Stubble Burning in Punjab and Haryana, to Control Air Pollution in Delhi this Winter

The growing menace of stubble burning in states like Haryana and Punjab, which is a major cause of air pollution in the national capital, today led the Delhi High Court to direct the government to ensure "zero burning" of bio-mass this year. A bench of justices B D Ahmed and Ashutosh Kumar expressed concern that farmers would again burn the residue of a harvesting season to sow the next crop after Diwali this year, causing air pollution in and around Delhi. "We are very serious this time. We do not want to see the burning of bio-mass this year like the previous year," the bench said, while asking the Centre "why can't it stop such practices being adopted by the farmers".

"We want it to be zero burning this year. It should be stopped completely," the court said this on being informed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change that banning of stubble burning by states of Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan has resulted 38.93 per cent reduction in stubble burning in Punjab and 20.3 per cent reduction in Haryana. The bench observed that Delhi was already full of diseases and stubble burning would add to air pollution.

Read the full article @ Business Standard

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