Air pollution: Kejriwal to meet Khattar on Wednesday


He wrote in a tweet that he was coming to Chandigarh to meet Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and he would be grateful if he could meet him too.

Finally, Kejriwal took to twitter to inform that his Haryana counterpart, who is now in Delhi, was busy and not be able to meet him during is two-day visit.

An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra asked the Centre and the state governments to file their responses on a petition plea filed by lawyer R.K. Kapoor who claimed that a rise in dust particles on roads and stubble burning in Delhi's neighbouring states had led to an alarming rise in pollution levels in the city and its adjoining areas. "Khattar ji called. He is in Delhi tomorrow".

While Khattar said today he was open to meet Kejriwal "anytime anywhere" to find a solution to the issue, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh last week said the situation warranted Centre's intervention as it has inter-state implications.

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The ministry has asked the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to create awareness among the farmers about the harmful effects of straw burning and provide the necessary means to them for effective disposal of the stubble. "I look forward to meeting him in Chandigarh on Wednesday". The air quality deteriorated on Monday after marginally improving over the weekend.

"We have taken all possible steps in Haryana". Such collective action problems require everyone to do their bit....

"Unfortunately, your letter contains no hint of such a mindset".

The development comes after Khattar wrote back to Kejriwal and said he was "likely" to be in Delhi on November 13 and 14. The Haryana Chief Minister also took a dig at his Punjab counterpart for not spending "even a paisa out of its central allocation of Rs 97.58 crore" and said that Haryana has spent Rs 39 crore of the allocation of Rs 45 crore released for crop residue management.