New Delhi, October 1
Delhi and the neighbouring states of Haryana, Punjab, UP and Rajasthan, which get covered by thick pollution due to stubble burning every year, will this year use a new technology developed by Pusa Agriculture Institute to decompose straw in the fields, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Thursday.
‘Need to do more’
- Union Minister Prakash Javadekar says stubble burning has reduced in three years, but more needs to be done.
- The trial of Pusa Microbial Decomposer Capsule is underway in Delhi-NCR
He was addressing the media after holding a virtual meeting with environment ministers of Delhi and the four neighbouring states to check their preparedness and take preventive measures ahead of the crop residue burning in the winter season.
Javadekar said though stubble burning has reduced in the last three years, more needs to be done to tackle the issue. He said that the trial of Pusa Microbial Decomposer Capsule is underway in Delhi-NCR and informed that Uttar Pradesh (UP) will be using this technology over an area of 10,000 hectares this year, while Delhi will be using it for 800 hectares as informed by the environment ministers of these states.
He said during the meeting, which was also attended by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), state pollution control boards, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), that the Centre has allotted a fund of Rs 1,700 crore to the states for stubble management. Javadekar said that all the five states gave details of their action plans and Delhi has been asked to focus on its 13 pollution hotspots and any incomplete road work must be completed to avoid dust. — PTI