Sorry Delhi, Mandi Might be Adding to Your Worsening Air Pollution

Sorry Delhi, Mandi Might be Adding to Your Worsening Air Pollution

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For the past two weeks I’ve been noticing stubble burning in Sarkaghat area of Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh.

stubble burning has been happening since the last two weeks.
stubble burning has been happening since the last two weeks.
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After cultivating the Kharif crop, the remains of the crop are left at the fields. Farmers burn these residual material on a large scale, despite knowing the condition of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana these days.

It becomes difficult for my to breathe. 
It becomes difficult for my to breathe. 
(Photo: Citizen journalist/The Quint)

People out here feel that because there are enough trees, my town can cope with the smoke that’s emitted from stubble burning. It’s difficult to breathe when I return from school around 3:30pm. Even if I change my route, it doesn’t help because the air is very polluted.

I wish the farmers could leave the straw stubble in their fields for decompose.
I wish the farmers could leave the straw stubble in their fields for decompose.
(Photo: Citizen journalist/The Quint)

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Before the stubble burning started, my town was pretty and beautiful with clear blue skies. But now all is lost.

Before stubble burning started. 
Before stubble burning started. 
(Photo: Citizen journalist/The Quint)

I wish the farmers could leave the straw stubble in their fields to decompose, and later use it as manure or best use it as fodder for the animals.

My beautiful town Mandi. 
My beautiful town Mandi. 
(Photo: Citizen journalist/The Quint)

If it goes on like this, it won’t take time for Mandi to turn into Delhi.

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