Court bans crop burning to prevent pollution
A bench of Justice B D Ahmed and Justice Ashutosh Kumar sought to know the steps these states intend to take to curb air pollution caused by the burning of the residue of harvest to clear the fields before sowing the next crop after Diwali.
The menace of burning crop- stubble in northern states, a major cause of pollution in the national capital region, today led Delhi High Court to ask the governments of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab about their action plan to stop this practice.
The court’s direction came on a PIL initiated by it on the issue of air pollution in the national capital.
Replying to the court’s direction, the Delhi government’s environment and forest department special secretary said they were “very serious about the issue of burning of any kind of garbage, leaves, waste, plastic and rubber etc. and dust control on construction sites”.
In November, farmers sow crops like wheat and vegetables. They often set fire to their fields to clear them before planting new crops, which leads to creation of “blinding and suffocating” smog over large parts of the national capital region.
“Ministry of Enviornemnt, GNCTD, has been taking monthly meetings on the issue,” Delhi government’s counsel told the court.
It further said they have sent a letter to Secretary Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to stop leaf burning and crop burning in the neighbouring states.