A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh governments to convene a meeting on November 28 to work out a clear mechanism.
On Tuesday, 862 field fire incidents were detected by remote sensing satellite.
Amarinder Singh’s silence to the tweet sent to him by the Pakistan Punjab government is not surprising. Our leaderships make pious statements about co-operating to resolve the “real issues” but in reality, we are more comfortable wearing the armour of old hostilities.
Arvind Kejriwal last week had sought a meeting with counterparts from Haryana and Punjab to discuss ways to manage the worsening air pollution in Delhi and the neighbouring states.
Basmati rice is harvested mostly manually and its stubble is used as fodder for cattle. As paddy stubble is not that popular for use as fodder, nearly 75 per cent of the total 197 lakh tonnes paddy stubble is burnt in fields.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Dhankar said financial incentive could be given to the farmers on the purchase of paddy from them.
Minister Om Prakash Dhankar said after getting the residue collected, the village sarpanches may dispose of the material by supplying it to industrialists.
“Mr Kejriwal is a peculiar person who has views on everything without understanding the situation. There is 20 million ton of paddy straw, where do I ask farmers to store? So Mr Kejriwal doesn’t understand this problem,” said the Punjab CM.
A bench of Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva was hearing a PIL that it had initiated in 2015, besides another plea filed by a person underlining the poor air quality in the national capital.
A Chandigarh Meteorological Department official says existing conditions will continue for next few days
While the district administration is patting its back by registering the cases, the action drew flak from some sections of the society including the panchayat union
Justice Rajan Gupta took a strong note of the registration of FIRs and issuance of penalty notices to the farmers after the court was informed that “at least 100 FIRs” had been registered against the farmers.
On the last date of hearing, the green panel had said the “serious” issue of stubble burning by farmers was still going on and had sought the response of the Centre as well as the Punjab and Haryana governments on the issue.
Punjab on Friday produced before the NGT 12 farmers it claimed to have helped by giving incentives to prevent them from burning crop residue
Punjab’s Air Quality Index (AQI) has already fallen into the category of ‘poor quality zone’ ahead of Diwali.