New Delhi: With air pollution rising in northern India, Punjab and Haryana have began penalising farmers who burn harvest residue on fields, officers mentioned.

More than 3,700 farm fires have been reported within the two states. Authorities have imposed environmental compensation of over Rs 20 lakh.

Officials mentioned they had been decided to manage air pollution, significantly as a result of specialists say contaminated air can irritate the unfold of Covid 19.

“We are taking tough actions against farmers who are doing stubble burning. This year the arrival of paddy in the market is marginally higher than last year as harvesting started early and hence we are finding more fire incidence than the previous year,” mentioned Krunesh Garg, member secretary, Punjab Pollution Control Board.

To deter farmers, 728 instances have been filed with a complete quantity of environmental compensation imposed at Rs 19.47 lakh, mentioned Garg. The variety of fireplace incidents reported as much as October 13 had been 3113 and in 472 instances the compensation is but to be imposed. Further beneath part 39 of the Air Act, 10 instances had been filed aside from Three FIR in accordance with authorities knowledge.

In 2019-20, a penalty of Rs 6 crore was imposed on 23,000 farmers in Punjab.

Similarly, in Haryana the Agriculture Department has imposed a wonderful of Rs 5.35 lakh until October 13th with the variety of energetic fires at 650 in accordance with the Indian Council of Agriculture Research.

Haryana State Pollution Board, member secretary S Narayanan mentioned harvesting began earlier this 12 months and the air pollution was getting worse as wind speeds have decreased. “We are trying to ensure that the pollution levels do not rise ahead of the onset of winters,” mentioned Narayanan.

He mentioned that from October 15th, using diesel generator units shall be banned in Delhi NCR area as per the Environment Pollution (prevention and management) Authority. Further, giant development initiatives together with highways and metros will present endeavor to the state air pollution management board that they may adhere to the norms for mud administration. Industries too shall be making certain that they use solely licensed gas and undertake air pollution management measures, he mentioned.