Officials reported on Wednesday that incidents of burning farm waste have almost doubled in the past few days in West UP.
According to satellite data from NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS), which is also used by the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB), more than 150 fire incidents have occurred in the farm. Was done. Districts of West UP in the last 24 hours. The UPPCB uses this data to monitor stubble burning and to alert the concerned district administration.
The FIRMS showed active fires concentrated in Punjab and Haryana and overcame fires in the western UP districts of Bulandshahr, Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat, Bijnor, Saharanpur, Etawah and Firozabad, etc. in the last 24 hours.
UPPCB Chief Engineer VK Singh said, “Satellite data is shared with the concerned district administration to alert them to sewage incidents. It also helps us maintain better vigilance. ”
The board is working closely with district officials to prevent the debris from burning. The authorities rushed the farmers to stop them burning their feces and also imposed a fine or lodge FIR in case of non-compliance. Around 50 farmers have been fined a total of Rs 1.28 lakh in the last four days in nine districts of the state.
At least a dozen FIRs have also been registered for burning stalks on farmers.
While government officials insist that they are doing everything to prevent burning of stalks, farmer groups believe the efforts are not practical enough. “The government wants us to remove the sewage instead of burning it. It is not economically viable to do so, so we are forced to burn it, ”said Deepak Rana, a farmer from Khutar in Shahjahanpur.
Meanwhile, the effect of stubble burning is reflected in deteriorating air quality in the area. On Tuesday, more than 14 districts of West UP recorded an average AQI (air quality index) of over 200, which is considered poor and has a serious impact on health.
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