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NGT issues notice to Punjab CS, CPCB on air pollution caused by stubble burning

Voicing concern over the burning of crop residue that causes air air pollution within the nationwide capital, the Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal has issued notices to the Punjab chief secretary and member secretary of the Central Air pollution Management Board (CPCB).

The NGT was listening to a petition it had initiated by itself (suo motu) following a media report highlighting an increase in farm fireplace incidents in Punjab. The report mentioned stubble burning within the state round autumn was among the many “biggest contributors” to air pollution within the Nationwide Capital Area (NCR).

A bench of NGT Chairperson Justice Prakash Shrivastava and professional member A Senthil Vel famous a report by the Punjab Air pollution Management Board (PPCB) which detailed the comparative information of three years on stubble burning incidents together with the names of hotspot districts identified for farm fireplace incidents.

“Effective implementation of various measures is the key for controlling stubble burning in the state,” the bench mentioned on Friday.

It mentioned the state authorities, together with PPCB officers, wanted to establish the worst-affected areas inside the hotspot districts the place remedial measures ought to be focussed.

“The period when the stubble burning takes place is mainly between September 15 to November 30. Hence, during this period, the concerned authorities are required to be vigilant in identifying the violators, and in taking remedial measures, including imposition of penalty,” the bench mentioned.

The inexperienced panel additionally took on report a report by the Fee for Air High quality Administration (CAQM) within the Nationwide Capital Area (NCR) and adjoining areas which tabulated the precise rely of incidents of stubble burning in 2022 and the targets for lowering them in the course of the present 12 months.

Underscoring that to attain the targets, an “effective on-ground action” was required, the tribunal directed the PPCB to arrange and place on report an area-wise crop residue administration plan.

“We also deem it proper to issue notice to the Chief Secretary and Member Secretary, CPCB,” the tribunal mentioned and sought motion taken studies from the PPCB and CAQM. The matter has been listed on November 8 for additional listening to.



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