Stubble burning: Numbers down for Punjab to 5,581 | Ludhiana News

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PATIALA: Unlike the previous year when the state had registered a total of 9,787 cases of wheat stubble being set on fire between April 15 and May 16, this year the farmers have exercised restraint in setting the crop leftovers afire, which has led to a reduction of 42% in farm residue burning.
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As per the data collected through the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB)’s satellite imagery, the state has registered a total of 5,581 cases of stubble burning. The data also includes accidental fires.
Much like the last year, the highest number has been recorded in Amritsar where 536 farm fires where spotted in the satellite imagery. Next in the line are Sangrur where 527 farms were showed fires and Bathinda where a total of 522 cases have been registered till May 16.
The least number of cases have been noticed in Ropar at 25, followed by Nawanshahr with 45 cases, and Mohali with 64. However, the PPCB has not yet released the amount of fines slapped on the violators of the National Green Tribunal’s norms on stubble burning.
In 2018, the state authorities had spotted 9,787 cases of stubble burning till May 16. Most of the cases were reported from Amritsar where 1,033 instances were noticed. In all, 950 cases were found in Sangrur, followed by 823 in Ferozepur district. Besides, 777 cases were seen in Bathinda and 765 in Moga. The least number of cases were reported from Mohali where 28 farm fires were detected, followed by Ropar with 74 cases. Pathankot and Fatehgarh Sahib districts had 122 cases each.

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