There has been a drastic reduction in cases of stubble burning after paddy harvesting in Punjab this year. According to the data shared by the Punjab government, there has been a 50 percent reduction in stubble burning cases this year. But despite this, the atmosphere in Punjab has started to deteriorate. Both Ludhiana and Rupnagar are among the most polluted cities in the state and have fallen into the Orange category.
While breathing such air will increase respiratory diseases, skin and eyes can also be affected by it. Along with this, not only Punjab but Delhi’s air has also been affected. The Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi is running at an average of 357 and a maximum of 500. Such toxic air can suffocate anyone.
As of Friday evening, 766 cases of stubble burning have been reported in the state and this is the highest number of cases this season. According to the data of Ludhiana-based Punjab Remote Sensing Center, a total of 4 thousand 88 cases of stubble burning have been recorded in the state from September 15 to October 27. Last year, 8 thousand 147 cases were registered in these months and in 2021, 6 thousand 742 cases were registered.
Tarn Taran is at the forefront of stubble burning
On Friday, 766 cases of stubble burning have come to light in Punjab. In which Tarn Taran has been at the first number. 104 cases of stubble burning have been registered in Tarn Taran, 98 in Sangrur, 97 in Patiala and 76 in Amritsar. On October 27, 279 cases were reported in 2021 and 1 thousand 111 cases in 2022.
Now the cases will increase
If we talk to the experts, there will be an increase in cases of stubble burning. In fact, due to floods this year, a lot of crops were lost in Punjab. Paddy harvesting was done later in many places under these conditions. Due to which the cases of stubble burning are likely to increase in the coming days. If these cases continue to increase, the air from Punjab to Delhi will become extremely polluted in the coming days.
The air of all the cities became unsafe
With increasing cases of stubble burning, the air of Punjab’s cities is also getting polluted. The Air Quality Index (AQI) of all the cities in Punjab is unsafe and above the danger mark. According to AQI, air from 0-50 AQI is considered the best. An AQI of 51-100 is considered satisfactory. Whereas air above this is not considered good for health.
An AQI from 101 to 200 is classified as moderate in the Yellow category, an AQI from 201 to 300 is classified as poor quality in the Orange category, an AQI from 301-400 as very poor quality in light red, and an AQI above 401 is classified as poor quality in the Orange category. is classified as dark red.