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NEW DELHI: Punjab obtained 46% of Rs 1,727 crore central funds for curbing stubble burning within the final three years however noticed a 15% enhance in farm fires over the 2017 figures whereas Haryana and Uttar Pradesh considerably lowered crop residue burning throughout the identical interval, the Centre knowledgeable the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
The ministry of atmosphere, forest and local weather change, by solicitor normal Tushar Mehta and extra solicitor normal Aishwarya Bhati, gave particulars in an affidavit concerning the steps taken by the newly-set up Commission for Air Quality Management within the National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas.
It mentioned suggestions had been sought from the Punjab chief secretary on making out there crop residue administration (CRM) machines at farmers’ doorsteps in addition to popularising using Pusa bio-decomposer expertise together with CRM machines for in situ administration of stubble.
The ministry mentioned after a surge in incidents of stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh in 2017, the Centre determined to fund a programme for promotion of agricultural mechanisation and in situ administration of crop residue for 3 years from 2018-19. The Centre allotted Rs 1,727 crore, of which Punjab acquired Rs 793 crore, Haryana Rs 500 crore, UP Rs 374 crore, Delhi Rs four.5 crore, Indian Council of Agricultural Research and different central businesses Rs 55 crore.
Though Punjab obtained the biggest quantity, the variety of farm fires went up by 15% in 2020-21 as in comparison with 67,079 stubble burning incidents in 2017-18. The ministry mentioned each Haryana and UP noticed important discount in stubble burning incidents through the years.
The fee on air high quality has additionally advocated coordination between Indian Space Research Organisation, Punjab State Remote Sensing Application Centre, its counterpart in Haryana and National Crop Forecasting Centre for identification of farm fires on real-time foundation for fast administrative response/motion.
On managing Delhi’s air high quality and decreasing air pollution attributable to heavy automobiles, the fee has directed South Delhi Municipal Corporation to not allow any business car with out RFID tag to enter Delhi by 13 toll plazas the place the RFID system and infrastructure has been in place since January 1.
The ministry mentioned the fee, together with different stakeholders like Central Pollution Control Board and Delhi Pollution Control Committee, carried out a complete assessment of potential use of indigenously developed ‘Photonics’ based mostly air high quality mapping and monitoring system known as Air-Quality Unique Monitoring system for a pilot trial in Delhi. “CPCB and DPCC have been requested to fund this pilot project,” it mentioned.
The fee has requested all thermal energy crops in areas underneath its jurisdiction to stick to timelines for set up of Flue Gas Desulphurisation system, it added.

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