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After Karnal district, Fatehabad tops stubble-burning list

india Updated: Nov 08, 2016 14:02 IST
Bhaskar Mukherjee

Plastic garbage being set on fire is adding to pollution in Rohtak.(Manoj Dhaka/HT Photo)

Bringing the Karnal district, which topped the chart on stubble burning two weeks back, to the second position, Haryana’s Fatehabad district has topped the chart with 1,963 fire-points (stubble burning cases) noticed so far by the Haryana Space Application Centre in the area.

The local administration of Fatehabad identified 186 farmers from the district and handed over the list to deputy commissioner (DC) NK Solanki. The survey was conducted by Balwant Saharan, district deputy director, agriculture department, Fatehabad.

Saharan said, “The list has been handed over to the DC and action will soon be taken against those who burnt stubble.”

However, the scientist of the HARSAC says that cases of stubble burning has subsided in other parts like Karnal, Kaithal and Kurukshtera, where harvesting is completed, but farmers of Fatehabad and Sirsa districts are still involved in burning stubble at night. The local administration is imposing fine on farmers and a total of 1,406 farmers have been imposed fine till November 6. Sources said, “The farmers find burning of stubble a cheap way to get rid of the left over after reaping paddy. This results in smog in Haryana and National Capital Region.”

While talking to HT, Raj Singh, head of agriculture and meteorological department of Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agriculture University (CCSHAU), said, “Continuous burning of stubble and increase in humidity makes pollutants remain close to the ground, making the situation worse.” “The northwest winds will soon dissolve the smog, but the speed of it is very slow (3-4 km/ph). 8 to 10 km/ph wind speed is required to dissolve the smog. Light smog will continue for three to five days,” Raj Singh added.