Extinguish Stubble Fires, Supreme Court Tells Punjab, Haryana

Extinguish Stubble Fires, Supreme Court Tells Punjab, Haryana
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Punjab and Haryana have to extinguish fire from stubbles in agricultural fields and submit a report by Wednesday, the Supreme Court said today as pollution levels across north India, including Delhi, peaked. “If stubble burning takes place, the entire administration — from the Chief Secretary to the gram pradhan will be responsible”, the court said, ordering a slew of measures to bring the pollution in check. The court also sought a road-map from the Centre and the governments of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana to stop pollution on long-term. “People are dying and it can’t happen in a civilised country… Every time we are passing orders for the current issue. We have to pass orders for long term measures,” the court said.

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