Poison in the air…
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- Incidence of stubble burning increased in Punjab and Haryana
- 254 recorded AQI with bad air
The people of the capital do not seem to get relief from the polluted air at present. Stubble burning in neighboring states may worsen the health of air from Monday. On Sunday, the Air Quality Index (AQI) improved by 33 points over Saturday, despite its air being in the poor category.
The main reason for this is that more incidents of stubble burning are being reported. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the AQI remained at 254 till four in the evening on Sunday, compared to 287 on Saturday.
More incidents of stubble burning are coming out this year in Punjab and Haryana than in the previous year. The main reason for this is due to premature harvesting of crops and lack of laborers due to corona. According to an official of the Meteorological Department, the winds blowing northwestwards during the day on Sunday are bringing pollutants arising out of stubble burning. Pollution particles are gathering at night due to slow air movement and drop in temperature. This is the reason that these days the air level in the capital is running in a poor category. According to Safar, the air standards body of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, 882 incidents of stubble burning were reported in Haryana, Punjab and its surrounding areas till Saturday.
The amount of PM2.5 accumulated by burning of stubble was also recorded at 19 per cent on Saturday. According to the ministry’s warning system, the mixing depth of pollution in the capital on Sunday and the average wind speed was 12,500 cubic meters per second, helping pollutants accumulate.
Parali was expected to burn less this year, but more cases are coming up. The crop without basmati is not used by the farmers. Because, a large amount of silica is found in its straw. Due to this farmers burn.
– Prashant Gargava, Member, Central Pollution Control Board
Northern Corporation takes action against polluters
North Delhi Municipal Corporation received a revenue of Rs 38.43 lakh from October 1 to 16 by challaning against pollution. Of these, 1702 challans have been made for burning garbage in the open, which gave the corporation a revenue of Rs 26.48 lakh. 59 invoices have been made against dust blowing. 12 lakhs were received from it.
Apart from this, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has also made around 86 invoices against other agencies including Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and Public Works Department (PWD) for dumping debris in the open. Along with this, the Northern Corporation has also asked the agencies to take care of the raw places under them, which cause dust to blow. All these places come under the purview of the Northern Corporation, whose area is about 16,87,413 square meters.
According to the corporation, 134 sprinkle tankers are spraying water daily to prevent dust, covering 1,340 km of road. Soil etc. is being removed from the 650 km road with 18 road mechanical sweeper with GPS.