Stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana up by 4% between 2003-17: Govt

Jitendra Singh

Fire occurrences in Punjab and Haryana during the October-November period increased by four per cent between 2003 and 2017, the government informed the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh said the imager payload on-board ISRO's INSAT-3D and 3DR satellites is used to monitor Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD), an indicator of particles and smoke from biomass burning affecting visibility and PM2.5 and PM10 concentration in the atmosphere.

"It has been found that AOD, PM2.5 and PM10 concentrations are higher over Indo-Gangetic Plains covering parts of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar during October and November. High concentration of these pollutants is seen originating from parts of Punjab and Haryana during stubble burning," he said.

"Climatological study of fire occurrences and associated pollutant parameters reveals that fire occurrences increased by 4 percent over Punjab and Haryana region during October- November between 2003 and 2017," he said.

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.

We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

Business Standard is now on Telegram.
For insightful reports and views on business, markets, politics and other issues, subscribe to our official Telegram channel