Removal of Preservation of Subsoil water act 2009

Removal of Preservation of Subsoil water act 2009

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Tavleen Kaur started this petition to PM Narendra Modi and

Dear Honourable PM,

We believe that by removing the Preservation of Subsoil act 2009, imposed on Punjab will prevent the severe winter pollution North India  has been facing for the last several years. The delay in doing so will leave many more people dead or suffering. This must become a part of the vision we all have for India - Swach Bharat Air, Land and water.

Full article for your kind perusal: https://www.ecologise.in/2018/10/20/the-real-reason-for-delhis-annual-smoke-season/

“According to a publication of the Indian Council of Social Science Research(external link) published in 1991, ‘At the end of September and in early October, it becomes difficult to travel in the rural areas of Punjab because the air is thick with the smoke of burning paddy straw.’

Clearly, farmers burnt the straw in late September and early October. However, in recent years, farmers have delayed the burning until late October.

This delay is crucial and responsible for the smoke being carried all the way to Delhi. An analysis of the wind flow patterns (external link) reveals that wind blows into Delhi primarily from the west during the monsoon season, but changes direction in October and starts blowing into Delhi from the north.

The decision to delay the clearing of the fields was not the choice of farmers, but was forced on them by the Punjab government which passed the Punjab Preservation of Subsoil Water Act (external link) in 2009.

According to this law, farmers could no longer sow rice in April, but had to wait until the middle of June. Rice has a 120-day period between germination and harvest, and the restriction on sowing means that the fields would be harvested and cleared only in October by which time the direction of wind would have changed.

Delhi’s problem of being covered by smoke started right after this law was implemented.”

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