Chandigarh: Despite such a serious environment regarding air pollution, there is not much reduction in the incidents of stubble burning. On one hand people in Delhi-NCR are struggling for clean air, while on the other hand people in Punjab are not deterring from burning stubble. 2,467 incidents of stubble burning were reported in Punjab on Saturday. In this, Bathinda has recorded the maximum number of 358 incidents.
According to the data of Punjab Remote Sensing Center based in Ludhiana, the total number of incidents of stubble burning between September 15 and November 12 has increased to 43,144. According to the data, 58,976 incidents of stubble burning were registered during the same time last year and it is 27 per cent less in comparison.
The state had reported 71,091 such incidents during the same time in the year 2020. As per the data, out of a total of 2,467 incidents of stubble burning on Saturday, Bathinda recorded the highest number of 358 incidents. This was followed by 336 in Moga, 256 in Muktsar, 242 in Fazilka, 231 in Mansa, 200 in Faridkot, 186 in Firozpur and 174 in Barnala.
AQI affected in Haryana and Punjab on Saturday
Air quality was recorded in ‘moderate’ and ‘poor’ category at many places in Haryana and Punjab on Saturday evening. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, the AQI was recorded at 293 in Jind, Haryana. In other areas of Haryana, AQI was 288 in Gurugram, 274 in Faridabad, 234 in Bahadurgarh, 224 in Fatehabad, 219 in Sonipat, 175 in Manesar, 174 in Panipat and 115 in Ambala.
In Punjab, the Air Quality Index was recorded at 168, 193, 103, 166, 192, 245 and 146 in Amritsar, Bathinda, Khanna, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Mandi Gobindgarh and Patiala respectively. Chandigarh, the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana, recorded an AQI of 104.
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