Tribune News Service
Karnal, October 31
All appeals and warnings to farmers to desist from stubble burning appear to be falling on deaf ears as farm fire incidents have been increasing with each passing day in Haryana.
Over the past three days, the state witnessed 751 straw burning incidents, taking the total cases to 5,328 between September 25 and October 30.
With 968 farm fires, Kaithal has surpassed Karnal (904) to be the worst-affected district. Kurukshetra has witnessed 791 farm fires, followed by Ambala (702), Fatehabad (557), Jind (375), Yamunanagar (374), Sirsa (210) and Hisar (144), data compiled by the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) showed.
Hisar’s AQI (air quality index) was recorded 431 (severe category) on Friday. The AQI of Fatehabad (398), Jind (388), Dharuhera (376), Gurugram (367), Bahadurgarh (366), Ballabgarh (358), Sonepat (354), Sirsa (342), Charkhi Dadri (338), Faridabad (337), Manesar (336), Rohtak (335), Bhiwani (303) and Panipat (303) fell in very poor bracket, as per the HSPCB.
SK Arora, HSPCB Regional Officer, said apart from keeping vigil to check farm fires, their teams were conducting awareness campaigns.
The Karnal administration, meanwhile, has suspended Gonder and Ranwar sarpanches for “failing to curb stubble burning”. “Gonder saw 30 farm fires and Ranwar 20,” said DC Nishant Kumar Yadav.