BATHINDA: With 431 wheat straw burning cases recorded on Friday, the total count reached 11,844 in Punjab this season - the 2nd highest number of cases in five years. The highest number was in 2017, when 14,436 cases were recorded.
The state has already surpassed the levels of 2019, 2016 and 2018. A total of 11,701 cases were recorded by the Punjab Remote Sensing Centre in year 2019.
Ludhiana district recorded the maximum 78 cases on Friday, followed by 58 at Jalandhar, 41 at Kapurthala, whereas Ropar and Mohali recorded no burning case on Friday. Mansa recorded two cases, and Bathinda, Barnala and Mansa recorded three cases each on Friday.
With 1,108 incidents, Moga district is at top in the state, followed by Bathinda with 1,054 cases, Amritsar with 1,045 cases, Ferozepur with 1,022 cases.
It was suspected that burning cases may be less due to spread of coronavirus this year.