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Trouble in the air

No viable solution is in sight for stubble burning

A farm worker monitors the burning of rice crop stubble in Punjab, India, in 2019. (Bloomberg)
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A farm worker monitors the burning of rice crop stubble in Punjab, India, in 2019. (Bloomberg)

Business Standard Editorial Comment New Delhi
The higher incidence of crop residue burning in northern states is a matter of particular concern this year because the resultant spike in air pollution can exacerbate the prevailing public health crisis. Though, typically, these fires are noticed during the peak paddy harvesting season from mid-October to November-end, this year, they began in September and have increased menacingly in Punjab and Haryana. The Centre has, therefore, done well to ask the governments of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Delhi to initiate timely action to curb this practice. These fires have been estimated to cause between 30 and 45 per

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First Published: Oct 08 2020 | 11:24 PM IST

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