Mohali, November 15: In a concerning development, Punjab has encountered a drastic escalation in stubble burning incidents with a staggering count of 2,544 cases registered within a single day on Wednesday. Among the most affected districts, Bathinda leads with 356 reported incidents, followed closely by Moga at 318, Barnala at 264, Sangrur at 262, and Ferozepur at 253 cases.
The surge in these stubble burning incidents amplifies environmental concerns, particularly regarding air quality and agricultural practices. Stubble burning, a common practice among farmers after the harvest season, significantly contributes to the region's air pollution, posing serious health hazards and environmental challenges.
The authorities and environmental agencies are intensifying efforts to address this pressing issue, emphasising the importance of adopting alternative agricultural methods to curb the harmful effects of stubble burning on the environment and public health.
On November 14, Bathinda, recognised as the most polluted city in the state, recorded 258 farm fire incidents, leading in stubble burning cases. Following closely, Barnala reported 253 incidents, with Sangrur at 188, Moga at 181, and Ferozepur at 176. Both Fazilka and Faridkot documented 149 farm fire cases each, while Muktsar recorded 138. In contrast, Ludhiana reported 89, Mansa 62, Patiala 39, and Malerkotla 18 cases. Amritsar marked 15 incidents, Kapurthala 8, Nawanshahr 7, and both Tarn Taran and Fatehgarh Sahib had five cases each. Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur reported two farm fire incidents each, whereas Rupnagar reported a sole case of stubble burning. Additionally, there were sporadic reports of isolated incidents of crop residue burning.
- With inputs from our correspondent