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Dec 15, 2019, 12.59 AM IST



IIT Madras working on project that will help reduce stubble burning

Paddy straw is commonly known as ‘stubble’ and is thought to be responsible for spikes in pollution across many Northern cities including Delhi. Stubble burning also causes soil erosion, kills beneficial soil organisms and emits harmful gases such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide and methane along with particulate matter.

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  • Delhiites woke up to a cold Wednesday morning with the minimum temperature settling at 7.9 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average.

    Govt-mandated pollution control devices for coal-fired power plants could also boost carbon dioxide emissions.

    During the meeting, Prakash Hinduja, who was leading a high-level delegation, also showed interest in partnering the State’s progress through investments in agri, transport, banking, healthcare and automobile sectors.

    "A meeting was chaired by the ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) secretary. A committee has been formed to formulate a new scheme" for a long-term permanent solution to stubble buring by farmers, he said. The MoS said that the new committee will come out with a new scheme within one or two months.

    The government reported a considerable reduction in stubble burning in the states Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh this year, about 19% less than in 2018. While UP has recorded 36.8 per cent reduction, Haryana recorded 25.1 per cent and Punjab recorded 16.8 per cent reduction, respectively, in the current season than in 2018.

    The NITI Aayog is set to work out a fiscal package for a quick adoption of technology to decompose straw in situ which apparently is available at the laboratories. The Aayog plans to standardising it and testing on the fields from next year onwards and has directed Indian Agriculture Research Institute to expeditiously conduct field trials of the same.

    A bench of justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta took serious note of stubble burning in the two states and said that the life span of millions of citizens has shortened and people are "suffocating" due to pollution in Delhi-NCR.

    An AQI between 0-50 is considered 'good', 51-100 'satisfactory', 101-200 'moderate', 201-300 'poor', 301-400 'very poor' and 401-500 is marked as 'severe'. An AQI above 500 falls in the 'severe plus' category. Yesterday, the overall AQI in Delhi was recorded at 239.

    UP chief secretary RK Tiwari has stated that over 2,000 incidents of stubble-burning were observed in ten districts. Of this, 455 cases were reported in Mathura, 321 in Pilibhit, 316 in Shahjahanpur and 296 in Rampur, despite orders issued by the state government on October 4 and 19 to stop any such incident.

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    Bhagwat’s meeting is not a sudden action as RSS leaders have been pondering over farmers’ issues for a while. The issue of stubble burning by Punjab and Haryana farmers is also being discussed, an RSS source said. One of the ideas being suggested is to incentivise farmers by converting stubble into particle boards.

    Both Houses held a debate on growing air pollution in the country, particularly in Delhi. Replying to the debate, Javadekar said: “There is a general improvement in Delhi’s air quality over the past three years. There were 106 good and satisfactory days in 2016, 152 in 2017, 159 in 2018. This year, out of 324 days, 190 have been good and satisfactory.”

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