Delhi Pollution

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Ensure tenants don’t burn stubble or face action: Punjab government to landowners

Vinod Kumar | TNN | Updated: Oct 13, 2019, 21:14 IST


CHANDIGARH: To keep a check on stubble burning, the Punjab government has asked owners of farmland who have leased out their properties, to ensure their tenants do not burn paddy straw.
The state government has warned the landowners of action, as is carried out against farmers, if crop residue is burnt. In stubble burning cases where they are caught, farmers are usually blacklisted and charged with Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code.
The state government has directed deputy commissioners to ensure compliance. Nearly 25% farmland in Punjab has been leased out, mostly by NRIs or people residing in urban areas, at yearly rent ranging from Rs 40,000 to 55,000 per acre.
Punjab secretary (agriculture) Kahan Singh Pannu said owners were making hefty money from rent, so they were also responsible for ensuring paddy residue was not burnt on their field.
Pannu said landowners would be liable for action in case crop residue was set on fire in their fields. He urged landowners to give some rebate in rent to cultivators to encourage them to mix the straw in land without burning, which will help in improving soil health and save environment.
The government has already banned stubble burning under Section 19(5) of Air (Prevention of Pollution and Control) Act, 1981. District magistrates have also banned the burning of crop residue under Section 144 of CrPC at district level.
The Punjab secretary (agriculture) said deputy commissioners had also been asked to get a list of landowners prepared through village-level nodal officers. Such nodal officers have been asked to contact such landowners for complying with instructions. This exercise is aimed at persuading them to ensure no stubble burning took place on fields leased out by them.

The secretary said all revenue patwaris had already been directed to mark red entry in the girdawari of agriculture land where paddy residue was burnt.
Considering that burning of paddy straw causes irreversible damage to soil health, environment and health of living beings, a resolution was also passed by the Punjab council of ministers under the chairmanship of chief minister Amarinder Singh, in which the cabinet unanimously appealed to the farmers to do away with stubble burning, in line with Guru Nanak’s ideology to protect natural resources.


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rameshtahlan

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A bigger problem of Delhi Pollution is not even from stubble burning which is only for one month in winters.
and it is also not due to pollution from inside Delhi.
the problem is bigger and not being addressed by politicians cause they own the factories that are polluting,

Winds during most of the year is Westerly and specially in winters,
West of Delhi are hundreds of brick Kilns, throwing out poison 24/7
and this entire poison goes right into Delhi.

Here are the images
you can see lines and lines of poison being put out by hundred of brick kilns,
and they are all West of Delhi.
all owned by construction industry,
Why is no one stopping this as let the brick kilns be set up outside NCR, if the politicians so worried about real pollution of Delhi,
but they wont. cause construction is big money.

Image taken by me on Western Peripheral Expressway.


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Delhi’s air quality dips as crop burning continues in Punjab, Haryana
The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) has said the pollution level will plunge on Monday with AQI oscillating between ‘poor’ to ‘moderate’ category’.
DELHI Updated: Oct 13, 2019 12:30 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Data from the unit of the Union ministry of earth sciences showed the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) was at 266 on Sunday.
Data from the unit of the Union ministry of earth sciences showed the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) was at 266 on Sunday.(Sonu Mehta/HT file photo)

The air quality in Delhi remained ‘poor’ for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday as crop stubble burning in neighbouring states of Haryana and Punjab and low-speed surface winds trapped pollutants in the national capital.
The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) has said the pollution level will plunge on Monday with AQI oscillating between ‘poor’ to ‘moderate’ category’.
Data from the unit of the Union ministry of earth sciences showed the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) was at 266 on Sunday.
AQI was 313 in Dhirpur at 8:30am and it dipped to ‘very poor’ category at 306 in Mathura Road area. AQI near Pusa, Airport, Terminal 3 and Delhi University stood at 245, 290 and 300 respectively.

An AQI between 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 is satisfactory, 101-200 moderate, 201-300 poor, 301-400 very poor and 401-500 is marked as severe/hazardous.
The organisation has advised ‘sensitive groups’ to reduce prolonged or heavy exertion, take more breaks and do less intense activities. The asthmatics have been advised to keep medicine ready if symptoms of coughing or shortness of breath occur.
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“Heart patients, see the doctor, if get palpitations, shortness of breath, or unusual fatigue,” its advisory read.
Strict measures to combat the menace of air pollution will come into force from October 15 in Delhi and its adjoining areas such as Gurugram, Noida, Ghaziabad and Faridabad as part of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), first implemented in Delhi-NCR two years ago.
GRAP is a set of emergency measures to combat ‘very poor’ and ‘severe’ levels of pollution.

The AQI for this time of the year is still better in comparison to the past few years, partly due to enough widespread moisture due to extended monsoon.
On Thursday, Delhi’s air quality had for the first time slipped into the ‘poor’ category—AQI of 211—this season, after the city breathing in three-months of good air.
Thursday’s pollution spike came a day after Delhi saw its cleanest post-Dussehra air in five years. Before that, Delhi had experienced poor levels of air pollution on July 14 when AQI was recorded at 235.

First Published: Oct 13, 2019 11:06 IST


 

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Images from Nasa reveal crop burning the reason behind increase in Delhi pollution
An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'.
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New DelhiOctober 14, 2019UPDATED: October 14, 2019 07:10 IST


Photo: Reuters
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Nasa showed fire incidents occurring in the North-western region of India and adjoining regions in Pakistan
  • Th fire incidents are likely due to crop burning in the area
  • The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi touched the 301 mark by 10 pm on Sunday

Latest images from US space agency Nasa show quite a few numbers of fire incidents occurring in the North-western region of India and adjoining regions in Pakistan.
They are likely due to crop burning in the area and will bring pollution to different parts of India, including Delhi-NCR.


The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi touched the 301 mark by 10 pm on Sunday.
An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'.
A layer of haze lingered over the national capital on Sunday as the city's air quality dropped to the "very poor" category, days before strict measures to fight air pollution come into force under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).
The AQI in Anand Vihar, Wazirpur, Vivek Vihar, Mundka, Bawana, Jahangirpuri was 327, 323, 317, 309, 302 and 300 respectively, according to Central Pollution Control Board data.
The air quality in neighbouring Ghaziabad (320), Greater Noida (312) and Noida (310) in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana's Alipur Khalsa (351) and Panipat (339) also turned "very poor".
Faridabad, Greater Noida, Baghpat, Murthal recorded an AQI at 290, 233, 280, 259 and 245 respectively.
The Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) issued a health advisory, asking people to reduce heavy exertion.
According to the advisory, "people with heart or kind diseases and children should avoid longer and heavy exertion. Everyone may experience health effects, significant increase in respiratory problems."



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Thick smog covers Delhi sky, air quality continues to remain poor
Delhi on Monday woke up to haze over the national capital as air quality continues to deteriorate in the national capital. No relief soon, experts have said,


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New DelhiOctober 14, 2019UPDATED: October 14, 2019 11:38 IST




HIGHLIGHTS
  • New Delhi's air quality was recorded "poor" for the fifth consecutive day on Monday
  • The AQI showed increased levels of pollution in parts Delhi-NCR
  • Delhiites breathed toxic air for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday

Delhiites woke up to a thick blanket of smog on Monday with the air quality index (AQI) deteriorating further in the national capital region (NCR).
As stubble burning continues in Punjab and Haryana, New Delhi's air quality was recorded "poor" for the fifth consecutive day on Monday with AQI crossing the 235-mark at several places, including Jahagirpuri.
The AQI showed increased levels of pollution in parts Delhi-NCR - major pollutants PM 2.5 stood at 223 and PM 10 at 217, both in the poor category, at Lodhi Road.
Delhiites breathed toxic air for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday as the overall AQI reached 270 (poor category).

On Sunday, Delhi's Anand Vihar experienced 'very poor' air with the AQI at crossing the 325 mark.
The AQI in Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Noida and Loni also hit the 'very poor category' mark for the first time on Sunday and is likely to deteriorate further as per experts.
PM 2.5 and PM 10 remained the primary pollutants adding to the trouble. PM 2.5 and PM 10 are micro-pollutants, which enter the respiratory system and result in breathing discomfort on prolonged exposure.
No respite is underway as per the Indian Meteorological Department. "The wind speeds are likely to blow at 10 to 15 kmph and a change in the pattern is underway but it is marginal and won't disperse the haze prevailing over Delhi NCR," said Dr Naresh Kumar, a scientist at the Indian Meteorological Department.
Meanwhile, people are worried and hoping for relief. "I'm a salesman and my work calls me to travel the whole day exposing me to the toxic air. Since I only have a two-wheeler and don't have the luxury to travel in a car which is what I'm concerned for. I can't give up on my work and I think the situation will only worsen in the coming days. This problem has become a recurrent issue that needs stricter policy formulation," said Abhishek Kumar, a resident of Delhi.

About AQI levels
An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'.



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Hazy morning in Delhi, air quality dips to poor again
Date from Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) showed the overall air quality of Delhi is the higher end of the poor category.
INDIA Updated: Oct 14, 2019 09:31 IST
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New Delhi

Residents of Delhi woke to a hazy morning on Monday as the air quality index (AQI) of the national capital dipped again to the ‘poor’ category for the fifth day.


Residents of Delhi woke to a hazy morning on Monday as the air quality index (AQI) of the national capital dipped again to the ‘poor’ category for the fifth day.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Residents of Delhi woke to a hazy morning on Monday as the air quality index (AQI) of the national capital dipped again to the ‘poor’ category for the fifth day.
Date from Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) showed the overall air quality of Delhi is the higher end of the poor category.
AQI in Delhi on Sunday touched the 270 mark and several parts of the city were in the ‘very poor’ zone, according to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data.
An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’.

Experts have said the situation is likely to worsen from October 20 due to low wind speed and crop residue burning in Haryana and Punjab.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said conditions are favourable for the complete withdrawal of the southwest monsoon in the next few days. It would change the weather pattern across northwest India bringing in a slight nip in the air along with dry weather and also weeks of poor air quality.
Skymet Weather, a private weather forecasting agency, has said that a “gradual spike in air pollution levels is expected after October 20 when weather pattern would have changed, stubble burning would be at its peak and it will be nearing Diwali festivities.”

The continued spike in pollution levels over the past week has given Delhi-NCR its worst spell of pollution in three months.
First Published: Oct 14, 2019 09:00 IST

Hazy morning in Delhi, air quality dips to poor again
 

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Delhi Pollution: SC Asks MoEF to File Status Report on Stubble Burning in Punjab, Haryana & Western UP
The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi touched the 301 mark by 10 pm on Sunday and during night, the air quality had plunged to the 'very poor' category in all the parts of the national capital.
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Updated:October 14, 2019, 7:57 PM IST

File photo of a farmer burning waste paddy stubble in a field. (Photo: Reuters)



New Delhi:
With the air quality plunging to "very poor" category in Delhi, the Supreme Court on Monday asked the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to file a status report on the recommendations of a high level task force on prevention of stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh.
The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi touched the 301 mark by 10 pm on Sunday and during night, the air quality had plunged to the "very poor" category in all the parts of the national capital.



The issue cropped up before a bench of justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta when senior advocate Aparajita Singh, assisting the top court as an amicus curiae in the pollution matter, said that MoEF should be asked to file a status report on this.
Singh told the bench that on January 29 last year, the apex court has passed an order on the issue after the Centre had said that report of a sub-committee of the high level task force on prevention of stubble burning in these three states was accepted.
She said that as long time has gone by since the top court's last year order, MoEF should be asked to file a status report about the implementation of the directions as well as the report of the committee.
The bench asked the MoEF, which is the nodal ministry for implementation of the report of the sub-committee on stubble burning, to file a status report within two weeks.
On November 23, 2017, a high level task force for management of air pollution in Delhi and the national capital region (NCR) comprising experts and senior officials of various departments was constituted by the Cabinet Secretariat.
The committee, in its report, has suggested a slew of measures including use of machines to combat the menace of pollution due to stubble burning.
The issue of crop burning had came up before the apex court which is hearing a matter related to pollution in Delhi-NCR.


Delhi Pollution: SC Asks MoEF to File Status Report on Stubble Burning in Punjab, Haryana & Western UP





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