Despite the state government’s strict action against the burning of wheat stubble, farmers at Zirakpur still found continuing the banned practice and violating the orders of state government, leading to high risk to environment and residents here on Sunday.
Thick smoke engulfed the area of Swastik Vihar near Zirakpur-Patiala highway around 10 pm. High-voltage wires were not so far from the rising fire from the burning field, within 20 minutes fire converged into other adjoining fields. The state highway is already under construction due to which roads of NH-64 are dismantled. Meanwhile, commuters faced a lot of problems while driving and many of them used parking lights to avoid any miss happening.
After calling Sukhchain Singh, Station in-charge, Zirakpur on the spot, he nab Satnam Singh, a farmer at Nabha road, while he was burning his field and stops him from doing the banned practice and took Satnam to the Police Station for further enquiries.
While talking to Satnam Singh, he said, “I have not started the activity, it was first attempted by the other farmers whose fields are adjoining my field but now I will not repeat the banned practice again.”
According to the previous reports, more than 500 violators have been found and imposed a fine by the authorities in last 6 months, the survey also showed a decline of around more than 20 per cent in crop burning practice in the past
two years. In the year 2016, stubble burning took place in thousands of hectares but later government made certain efforts to ban the practice.
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