Punjab reports over 1,700 farm fires; Bathinda air quality worst in state
PTC News Desk: Punjab reported 1,776 stubble-burning incidents on Tuesday, bringing the total number of farm fires to 28,117, while air quality indices in Haryana and the border state were 'poor' and 'very poor,' respectively.
According to the most recent data, crop residue burning cases in the state have started rising again.
On November 9, the state reported 639 such cases, six on November 10, 104 on November 11, 987 on November 12, and 1,624 on November 13.
The burning of paddy straw in Punjab and Haryana is believed to be one of the causes of the alarming increase in air pollution levels in Delhi in October and November.
According to data from the Ludhiana-based Punjab Remote Sensing Centre, Bathinda had the most farm fires on Tuesday, with 258, followed by 253 in Barnala, 188 in Sangrur, 181 in Moga, 176 in Ferozepur, and 149 each in Fazilka and Faridkot.
The state had 2,541 and four fires on the same day in 2021 and 2022, respectively.
- With inputs from agencies