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Thursday, Oct 24, 2019

Smog crisis: Govt of Pak’s Punjab tweets to Amarinder urging ban on crop burning

Pakistan state’s administration tweets out ways it has enforced a ban on crop burning, something Amarinder said would be difficult in India given the volume of the stubble generated

india Updated: Nov 10, 2017 23:49 IST

Vishal Rambani, Patiala
People use face masks to protect themselves from morning smog as they ride on bike along a road in Lahore on Friday.
People use face masks to protect themselves from morning smog as they ride on bike along a road in Lahore on Friday.(REUTERS photo)

The administration of Pakistan’s Punjab has weighed into the issue of crop burning, urging the chief minister of Indian Punjab to ban the practice that is behind a pollution crisis affecting large parts of both countries.

Much of north India and adjoining districts of Pakistan have been enveloped by a thick haze for more than a week. The haze is toxic and medical experts have urged people to limit their exposure to outdoors, an unprecedented crisis that also saw fatal road accidents and flight and train delays due to lack of visibility.

“We have imposed a ban on stubble burning in Punjab (Pakistan) & hope @capt_amarinder takes similar measures. Some of our medium/long term action plan to combat SMOG are: Environmental hazards threaten our people and habitat. Let us act fast to counter it,” said the Wednesday evening tweet from @GovtofPunjab, the verified twitter account of the Pakistan state, tagging Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh.

The post quoted a tweet from Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who too has urged action from Singh’s state and neighbouring Haryana.

Amarinder Singh has maintained that his state cannot handle the 200 million ton of paddy straw generated by farmers, who burn the remnants before sowing new crops in November.

A day after the tweets, Kejriwal wrote to the chief ministers of Punjab and Haryana requesting a meeting to find the solution to the crop burning.

But Amarinder rejected the meeting saying that only the Union government can find a solution by giving financial help to farmers to handle the residue.

First Published: Nov 10, 2017 19:09 IST

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