Stubble burning cases increased in Punjab
Despite the damage caused by floods, this year also a bumper production of paddy crop is expected in Punjab and Haryana. This bumper crop of paddy is going to become a problem of stubble after harvesting. The situation has become such that harvesting of paddy crop has not even started properly in the fields of Punjab. Farmers have also started setting fire to the stubble. In such a situation, it is believed that the weather of Delhi-NCR will soon become poisonous. A picture of Ageta village of Patiala regarding stubble burning has surfaced. Where farmers have openly set the stubble on fire. Along with this, the farmers here are fearlessly setting fire to the piles of stubble lying in the fields one after the other.
Let us tell you that the cases of stubble burning in Punjab have increased drastically after September 28. Compared to the last two years, the figures of stubble burning have increased till October 1 this year. In 2021, till October 1, 228 cases of stubble burning were reported. In 2022, till October 1, only 192 cases of stubble burning were reported. Whereas till October 1 this year, 337 cases have been reported so far.
Most stubble was burnt in Amritsar
Cases of stubble burning are increasing daily in Punjab. According to the data collected by Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) from Punjab Remote Sensing Centre, there has been a huge increase in the cases of stubble burning this year. Amritsar district is at the forefront in matters of stubble burning. Till October 1 this year, 86 cases of stubble burning have been reported in Amritsar.
Did not get help from government
Whatever claims the central and state governments may make, the farmers of Punjab are adamant on burning stubble. Farmers say that they do not have any financial help or resources to buy expensive machinery and manage the stubble. For this reason they are forced to burn the stubble.
Pollution increases in Delhi-NCR in October
Farmers are not ready to accept the argument that burning of stubble only increases pollution in Delhi-NCR in the month of October. Farmers say that there are many other reasons for increasing pollution, but only by the farmers who burn the stubble after harvesting the paddy crop for a month. It is said to be the cause of pollution. Whereas the pollution caused by stubble burning has the biggest impact on them themselves.
It is difficult to breathe in the white blanket of smoke.
Currently, paddy crop is being prepared in lakhs of acres in Punjab and Haryana. The harvesting of this crop will increase continuously in the next 10 to 15 days and as the harvesting of the crop increases, there is a possibility of further increase in the cases of stubble burning. There is also a fear that the number of stubble burning cases could reach thousands in a day. In the coming days, it may become difficult for people to breathe due to the white blanket of dangerous smoke from stubble. But the way the farmers of Punjab are adamant on burning stubble. Looking at it, it seems that there will be no relief from this problem in the coming days.
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