The protesting farmers, who also demanded a long-lasting solution for paddy straw, brought stubble-laden trolleys to several offices of deputy commissioners and sub-divisional magistrates.
These effects were compounded by unfavourable meteorological conditions, primarily calm winds and low temperatures, hindering the dispersion of pollutants.
The state revenue department has marked red entries into the land records of 340 farmers who resorted to the burning of paddy stubble.
V K Saxena said Delhi can do little to stop crop-residue smoke from other states and added that "blaming others should not be an alibi for gross inaction over the years".
The authorities found 4328 stubble burning sites and an environmental compensation of Rs 24.3 lakh was imposed in 973 cases, it was stated.
Despite the release of Rs 1,426.41 crore for crop residue management machines since 2018, the burning cases persist.
A total of 22,644 crop-residue burning incidents were recorded in Punjab and Haryana from September 15 to November 7, of which 20,978 (93 per cent) were in Punjab and 1,605 (7 per cent) in Haryana.
The CAQM has been tasked with deploying flying squads to Punjab and Haryana and submitting daily reports on farm fires and the status of enforcing the Supreme Court's directives.
“We want it to be stopped… We don’t know how you do it, it’s your job. But it must be stopped. Something has to be done immediately,” the bench said.
Delhi’s environment minister Gopal Rai said buses running on banned fuel from Haryana continue to enter Delhi.
AAP claimed stubble burning in BJP-ruled Haryana was responsible for air pollution in Delhi, while the BJP pointed hands at stubble burning in AAP-ruled Punjab as the reason behind the crisis.
The L-G highlighted that stubble burning was on the rise, especially in Punjab which accounted for 71% of the crop fires on November 1.
Justice Jasmeet Singh also noted that children were suffering from asthma due to inhaling polluted air. The court expressed concern over encroachments in the ridge.
The firecrackers business used to generate business worth crores of rupees and helped traders earn a dignified livelihood, Says Narender Gupta, president of the Fireworks and General Traders Welfare.
The government said crop residue burning incidents have drastically come down compared to previous year.
Development Minister Gopal Rai said that the government aims to cover over 5,000 acres of agricultural land this year under the project.
The AAP demanded that the Haryana government should take proactive measures to control farm fires that have shown a rising trend in the state this year as compared to previous years.
Announcing the winter action plan, Kejriwal said the Pusa bio-decomposer that prevents stubble burning will be sprayed on 5,000 hectares of farmland this year against 4,400 hectares last year.
The LG, who represented the national capital at the inter-state forum headed by the Union Home Minister, requested all neighbouring states to work in tandem to address the issue of parali burning.
Rai requested the Union minister to prepare an effective action plan and implement it to save the people of Delhi from the increasing threat of air pollution.