As the Air Quality Index (AQI) in several parts of Delhi-NCR is reeling under the ‘severe’ category, nearly 560 cases of stubble burning have been reported in Ludhiana so far. A fine of about ₹2 lakh 32 thousand has been imposed in 95 cases. In some cases, a red entry has also been filed.
Apart from this, police cases have been registered on two occasions. District Ludhiana Chief Agriculture Officer Narendra Singh Benipal said, “This time there has been a 51 per cent reduction in the cases of stubble burning as compared to last year.” The Chief Agriculture Officer further said that on November 3 last year, 119 cases of stubble burning were reported, which has been reduced to 59 cases this year.
“Similarly, till November 3 last year, 1144 cases of stubble burning were reported, which till now stands at 560 cases,” added Mr. Benipal. He said that the maximum number of stubble-burning cases are from the Jagraon subdistrict, which constitutes almost half of the figure. “Four cases have come to light from the Khanna sub-district,” he said. Mr. Benipal said that it was a compulsion for them to take action.
“Farmers are being continuously directed so that they do not harm the quality of the soil by burning the stubble,” he added. On the fourth consecutive day, the air quality in Delhi remained in the ‘Severe’ category on Sunday though with a marginal dip in the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) recorded at 410 against 504 on Saturday, as per System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR-India).
According to the data issued by SAFAR-India, the air quality in the Lodhi Road area was recorded at 385 (Very Poor) while at Delhi University area stands at 456 (Severe).