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Punjab Govt. Prepares to penalise Stubble Burning by Using Satellite Imagery and real time SMS Alerts

April 1, 2017 | By

Chandigarh: With the state reportedly facing atleast three legal notice each from Delhi High Court, the Supreme Court of India and the National Green Tribunal (NGT) pertaining to the high pollution level in the air and measures being undertaken to reduce it, the Punjab Government here on Friday is set to make its battle against crop residue burning real time, with the state authorities using geo-spatial data to detect crop fires and alert the concerned deputy commissioner and district monitoring committees through SMSs.

The state authorities had started using the services of the Punjab Remote Sensing Centre, (PRSC), Ludhiana, last year, but it is for the first time that SMSs would be sent to DCs and monitoring committees.

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The PRSC would be using Remote Sensing (RS), Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) to collect geospatial data which would be used to take immediate action against errant farmers. Prodded by the Environment Protection Body to use remote sensing facilities to check stubble burning, the authorities in Punjab plan to take the SMS route to control air pollution, notes a quote in an English vernacular.

“We have already deposited Rs 7 lakh with the PRSC as expenses toward SMSs that are to be sent to the concerned authorities.” Manpreet Singh, chairman of Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) was quoted from the statement given to the Times Of India (TOI).

“The NGT had made the district authorities responsible for taking action against violators, while the PPCB would be collecting a report from all district heads and compiling the data on the SMSs sent and action taken against violators. This data would be put before the Central Pollution Control Board, he further added to his statement.

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