Air pollution: Supreme Court asks Centre to come out with concrete steps to deal with stubble burning
The top court was hearing a petition which has raised the issue of pollution caused due to stubble burning in neighboring states of Delhi.
CPCB has issued a notice to the Delhi government to take strict and swift action on the complaints forwarded to it about activities causing pollution in Delhi-National Capital Region.
Recently the Delhi Assembly’s Committee on Environment demanded strict action against the two CMs and said that a case can be registered against them for negligence in stopping crop residue burning.
According to scientists at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa, the solution can turn crop residue into manure in 15-20 days and can prevent stubble burning.
Stubble burning, which accounted for 12 percent of Delhi's PM 2.5 pollution on Sunday, contributed six percent on Monday.
Taking cognizance of stubble burning at 259 places, District Magistrate Andra Vamsi said police would monitor the situation for the next 15-20 days.
Farmers set their fields on fire to quickly clear off the crop residue left behind after harvesting paddy and before cultivating wheat and potato.
Environmentalists say there are many solutions to end stubble burning, but lack of implementation sees the same problem repeat every year.
According to Kairana Tehsildar Praveen Kumar, four farmers -- Rajiv, Murari Singh, Aleem and Janisar -- were found burning stubble in their fields on Tuesday.
Several states, including Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, have banned stubble or crop residue burning to check air pollution.
On Friday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had instructed officials to ensure that farmers are not harassed when action is taken against stubble burning.
Stubble burning: Delhi govt forms impact assessment panel to ascertain effect of Pusa bio-decomposer
The panel will have 15 members, including MLAs, and officials from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa, and Agriculture Department.
Experts said that raging farm fires and a fall in the wind speed and temperatures pushed air quality in Delhi-NCR to the worst levels in around a year on Thursday.
Delhi has found a solution to the problem of crop residue burning and "no state can now make any excuse", he told reporters in Hiranki village in North Delhi.
He said the Delhi government has been doing everything possible to curb biomass burning, and vehicular and dust pollution.