Recent satellite images released by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) reveal that farmers have started the practice of burning stubble in parts of Punjab and Haryana. Every year this practice brings down the air quality to the severe category in Delhi and the surrounding areas.
In the satellite images, about seven fresh fires can be seen in the farmlands of Punjab between September 13 and 16, indicating the start of the stubble burning practice by the farmers.
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As per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), the Ministry of Earth Science, last year, stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana contributed to 44 per cent of the pollution in NCR Delhi.
In a bid to curb air pollution in Delhi NCR, a high-level task force led by the principal secretary to the prime minister, PK Mishra, has asked Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh to ramp up their efforts and provide incentives to control stubble burning.
The Prime Minister’s Office said that in order to control stubble burning, an adequate number of teams should be deployed. It added that the teams should ensure that no stubble burning takes place, especially in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.