Crop residue burning has to be stopped, says SC

Crop residue burning or often called as stubble burning in Punjab and some other states adjacent to Delhi have to be stopped and solution has to found to reduce the pollution level in the national capital region (NCR), the Supreme Court reiterated on Friday. A bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul observed that there is a lack of implementation at the ground level despite the existence of several reports and committees on the pollution issue.

The apex court was hearing a matter relating to the increasing air pollution in the Delhi-NCR,

The bench, which also included Justices Ahsanuddin Amanullah and Sudhanshu Dhulia, stated that the top court was interested in seeing the outcomes.

All efforts were being made to contain farm fires, the Supreme Court was informed.

Environmentalist M C Mehta filed a plea in 1985 regarding air pollution, and the topic of burning crop residue came up during the case’s hearing. The plea was taken up by the top court.

Earlier on November 7, the Supreme Court , had asked the Punjab government to stop the stubble burning immediately and asserted that it is the government’s job. Further, the court had also directed the state governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to seek curb on stubble burning.

According to Ludhiana-based Punjab Remote Sensing Centre data, 2,060 fresh stubble-burning incidents were recorded in Punjab, taking the total number of such cases to 19,463 till Monday, as farmers continued to set crop residue ablaze.

The total stubble-burning incidents of 19,463 registered from September 15 till November 6 was 35 per cent less than 29,999 such cases in the corresponding period last year, the data stated, PTI reported.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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