The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), state pollution control boards, DDA and NDMC also participated in the meeting. Javadekar said CPCB would monitor stubble burning everyday and action would be taken accordingly.
The minister said apart from stubble burning there were other reasons such as garbage burning, dust and unpaved roads which caused pollution in the national capital.
“The central government has given machines to destroy crop residue. Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has developed a decomposer technology that will be tried as a pilot in states this year. We are also encouraging the use of bio-CNG and bio-power. BS-VI compliant vehicles have been introduced. Measures have been taken but more needs to be done,” Javadekar said.
The Centre would also offer subsidy on the machines needed to dispose of farm stubble responsibly. For co-operatives, the subsidy on the machines would be 80 per cent and for the standalone system, it would be 50 per cent.
The minister said UP had already placed an order for 10,000 hectares of paddy land. Additionally, he said these five states were reaching out to other states for sale of stubble as animal fodder. Ministry officials said states were also being encouraged to look for innovative means to sell the stubble for any alternative use.
Recently, state-owned NTPC Limited placed a tender to procure 5 million tonnes of bio-pellets to use as co-firing fuel in 17 of its thermal power units. NTPC first procured 100 tonnes of bio-pellets in 2017 for its Dadri unit. In the latest statement, the company said it plans to increase the per cent of co-firing of bio-pellets to 10 per cent from 2.5 per cent at present.
Air pollution hotspots
Delhi – Mayapuri, Bawana, Narela, Mundka, Punjab Bagh, Dwarka, Rohini, Vivek Vihar, Anand Vihar, R K Puram, Jahangirpuri
UP – Bulandshahar, Ghaziabad, Noida, Greater Noida, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar
Haryana – Panipat, Sonipat, Gurugram, Faridabad, Jhajjar
Rajasthan – Bhiwani
CPCB to monitor stubble burning daily
Punjab to run awareness drives to reduce prevalence of stubble burning.