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Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Karnal tops in defying stubble burning ban

Tribune News Service

Karnal, October 20

Amid the state government’s efforts to check stubble burning incidents, the cases of farm fires are increasing in the state. According to the data recorded by the Haryana Space Applications Centre (HARSAC), 2,811 active fire locations have been detected in the state between September 25 and October 19.

As per the data, with 585 fire cases, Karnal district has surpassed Kurukshetra district and is now at the top position. Kurukshetra district is at the second position with 545 cases, followed by Kaithal district with 446 fire incidents.

Ambala district is at the fourth place with 337 cases, followed by Fatehabad (203), Yamunanagar (198), Jind (190), Hisar (88), Sirsa (59), Palwal (45), Sonepat (41), Panipat (26), Panchkula (20), Rohtak (5), Jhajjar (5), Bhiwani (5), Mahendergarh (4), Rewari (4), Faridabad (2), Gurugram (2), and Nuh (1), stated the data.

Aditya Dabas, Deputy Director Agriculture (DDA), Karnal, said their teams were keeping a vigil on the violators and also making farmers aware about not to burn the stubble. “We have recommended 15 FIRs, of which 2 have been registered. The department has also imposed a fine of Rs 4 lakh on farmers for the violation,” said the DDA.

Kaithal DDA Karam Singh said they had been making efforts to make farmers aware about the stubble management. Several farmers are earning money from crop residue management. “Around 70 per cent of paddy area has already been harvested. We got registered 17 FIRs in the district and collected a fine of Rs 4,55,000 from the violators,” said Kaithal DDA.

from The Tribune

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