The increase in the farm fires in Punjab had been a matter of concern for the state as well as the Central government, especially with the rise in pollution and heavy smog in Delhi. Moreover, it turned out to be a blame game and war of words between the Aam Aadmi Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party. However, as per the data, the stubble burning cases witnessed a drastic decline on November 6, Sunday.
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As per the information, on November 6, Sunday, Punjab recorded just 599 cases of stubble burning across the state, lowest since October 25, and four times lower than that of Saturday. On the other hand, due to the strong winds, the thick smog layer also disappeared. Moreover, this is seen as a big relief to Punjab and Delhi as well which has been affected due to farm fires in the neighbouring states.
However, despite such decline in cases, the AQI (Air Quality Index) in the state remains in the poor to very poor category. Notably, on Sunday, only two districts recorded more than 100 cases of stubble burning, where Mansa witnessed around 130 farm fires, the highest on Sunday. On the other hand, Sangrur recorded 108 cases, followed by Patiala at just 54 cases. Meanwhile, Mukhtar, Barnala and Fazilka recorded less than 45 cases on Sunday.
Similarly, in Bathinda, only 36 farm fires were recorded on November 6, Sunday. However, despite such a low number of cases, the Air Quality Index (AQI) of Bathinda remained in the “very poor” category. Reportedly, as per the data of the CPCB – Central Pollution Control Board, Bathinda’s average AQI remained 306, which is the highest in Punjab. Similarly, Amritsar’s AQI was recorded 245, while that of Ludhiana was 241, both in the “poor” category.
However, despite the Air Quality Index (AQI) in various districts of Punjab remains in the category of “poor” and “very poor”, the significant and drastic decline in the stubble burning cases in a day, with just 599 farm fires on Sunday, is considered as a big relief for Punjab as well as the national capital.