Environment minister Imran Hussain released NASA satellite’s images of stubble burning
Environment minister Imran Hussain released NASA satellite’s recent images of large-scale crop residue burning in north India while Delhi’s air plunged to very poor levels.
“It is high time that the crop residue burning in fields is immediately halted, failing which a serious health hazard awaits entire northern India,” the minister said in a statement issued by his office on Wednesday.
Burning of paddy straw in Punjab and Haryana from mid-October to November, the harvest season, leads to major air pollution in Delhi.
During this time of the year, the wind pattern changes and it start blowing from northwest, bringing along dust and smoke pollutants from the farm fires. This drastically affects air quality in the national capital region.
“It is beyond any reasonable understanding as to why this menace is being ignored despite a well-known fact that the consequences will be disastrous in the coming days,” the minister said.