NGT Directs States to Stop Stubble Burning As Delhi’s Air Quality Deteriorates.

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SAFAR the governmental body stated that fire counts from stubble burning increased in the past 24 hours which might contribute 8-10 percent to the pollution in Delhi.

Degeneration of the air quality was likely to occur in the near future for sure and the air quality would remain imperfect.

Bhure Lal who is the Supreme Court-appointed EPCA chairperson stated,

” More cases of stubble burning in the neighboring states were recorded this time as compared to last year despite a strict enforcement of the ban.”

According to the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR), the overall air quality index was recorded at 339 which comes under the ‘very poor’ category.

Nevertheless, the overall air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 282 which falls in the ‘poor’ category by the  Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data.

SAFAR said in a report,

“The pollution level is likely to deteriorate further by Saturday but will remain in the very poor category. Although wind speed is better (higher) but holding capacity is also high due to moisture which is unfavorable.”

Although, the air quality in Delhi has been better since the last two days due to the rains.

Fire counts from stubble burning increased in the past 24 hours which may contribute 8-10 percent to Delhi pollution, the report said.

On Friday, the PM2.5 level was recorded at 140, while the PM10 level was recorded at 234, according to CPCB data.

Addressing a workshop on Bulk Utilisation of Crop Residue for Economic and Environmental Sustainability organized by the Ph.D. Chamber, he said paddy straw can be a very rich source of fertilizers and its best utilization would be to merge it with soil.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said there was a need to adopt a multi-method approach through in situ and ex situ management of crop residue to minimize stubble burning incidents.

The green panel directed the states to compile data on instances of stubble burning “appropriately through revenue records” and asked the Centre to “disburse funds well in time” so that they can be utilized by the states.


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