To reduce pollution in the State, the Haryana Government would give subsidy of Rs 61 crore for the optimum utilisation of crop residue up to December 2017.

Chandigarh, Nov 27 – With a view to reduce pollution in the State, the Haryana Government would give subsidy of Rs 61 crore for the optimum utilisation of crop residue up to December 2017.

        A decision to this effect was taken in the 7th state level meeting of the committee constituted to reduce pollution in NCR held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary, Mr. D.S. Dhesi, here today.

        It was informed by the Agriculture Department that the farmers were being encouraged not to burn crop residue and if any farmer was found doing so, cases were being registered such farmers by police. As many as 2,955 cases of crop residue burning have so far come to light and 236 FIRs have been registered. As compare to last year, the cases of crop residue burning are considerably less this year. Renewable Energy Plants are being established for utilising the crop residue and there is a plan to generate 50MW electricity from these plants.

        The Chief Secretary was informed by Industries Department that as per the directions of the Supreme Court, the use of Pet Coke and Furnace Oil has been prohibited with effect from November 1, 2017.

        The Urban Local Bodies Department informed that plantation drive was being planned in Gurugram and Faridabad, and plantation was being carried out on sectors of dividing roads. The Chief Secretary directed the Police Commissioners of Gurugram and Faridabad that the vehicles of people visiting shopping malls in these cities should be parked in designated parking space in basements of shopping malls and not on roads.
Directing to make the pollution checking centres online, Mr. Dhesi said that pollution checking centres would be established at all petrol pumps in the state for which Deputy Commissioner concerned would issue licenses.

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