Air pollution: Arvind Kejriwal to meet Manohar Lal Khattar in Chandigarh

14 November, 2017, 10:04 | Author: Eloise Marshall
  • Delhi air pollution

In view of the deteriorating pollution level in Delhi and its neighbouring states, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that he would go to Chandigarh on November 15, to meet his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar to discuss on the issue. "I have been seeking a meeting with both Haryana and Punjab chief ministers since yesterday, but I have not received any response", Kejriwal had said.

The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud issued notice to the central government and the four states on a petition by a lawyer R.K. Kapoor, drawing the court's attention to the alarming level of air pollution due to rise in dust particles on the roads and stubble burning in these adjoining states.

"Khattar ji called. He is in Del till tomo". Would be grateful if you could spare sometime to meet me. "I look forward to meeting him in Chandigarh on Wednesday (sic)", Kejriwal tweeted. "I look forward to meeting him in Chandigarh", Mr Kejriwal tweeted. "I believe that no single person, organisation, or government can improve the quality of air".

The practice of burning of crop residue by farmers of the two states of Punjab and Haryana has been blamed for the toxic smog enveloping the region every winter. Such collective problems require everyone to do their bit.

The development comes after Khattar wrote back to Kejriwal and said he was "likely" to be in Delhi on November 13 and 14. "Unfortunately your letter contains no hint of such a mindset", Khattar wrote in his reply to Kejriwal's invitation for talks. "Your assertion that the governments (Punjab and Haryana) have failed to provide them economically viable solution gives away your subconscious awareness of your government's inaction in this regard", Khattar said.

Last week, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said the situation warranted Centre's intervention as it has inter-state implications.

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