Farm fires set by farmers in Northern India has messed up the Delhi AQI yet again. The fine particulate matter of PM 2.5 and PM 10 had a huge surge in their quantity. These were the highest recorded numbers of the year so far.
Farm fires have started to rise this year yet again. The farm fires have forced Delhi to adapt to the poor air quality. The air quality has been constantly on the decline since then. Residents are struggling to breathe due to it. Delhi on 12th October recorded the worst air quality since February. The fine particulate matter of PM 2.5 and PM 10 had a huge surge in their quantity. These were the highest recorded numbers of the year so far.
According to information from the officials, the first six days of October observed a rise in the number of stubble-burning incidents in Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh vis a vis compared to the phase-in 2019.
Stubble burning has been an odious solution resorted by farmers since they have no other solution so far for farm clearing for the harvest period. Satellite images released from the NASA releases mesmerizing image of star cluster NGC-1805 proves that smoke caused by the burning of harvest scrap from parts of Punjab and Haryana are detrimental to the air quality.
Gopal Rai, the Delhi minister assured that the AAP government is in touch with Punjab and Haryana governments to mitigate and come to a solution concerning the stubble burning activities.
Happy Singh a farmer native to Amritsar expressed: “The government, be it the Congress or the Badals [SAD], doesn’t provide any help to farmers. The main reason farmers resort to crop burning is because help has to come to us.”
Another farmer from Punjab, Gurbhajan Singh Chabba, added: “It is easy to give bytes on camera and quotes in newspapers but take a look around and you will realise that the government just wants to penalise the farmer without giving any help.”
However, the government defended themselves against the Incriminations of the farmers.
The Punjab government responded: “It has been utilising crop residue through biomass-based power plants. Officials say while 7,378 custom hiring centres (CHCs) have been set up, another 5,200 are in process. CHCs are outlets that offer farm machinery on hire to farmers.”
While the Haryana government said they had set up 2,879 CHCs and additional 2,000 will be established by the end of October. Additionally, A committee has been set up for the inspection of the progress of bio-CNG and bio-ethanol projects to manage the crop residue. (Source: IndiaToday)