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Air pollution: Kejriwal to meet Khattar on Wednesday

Melissa Porter | 14 November, 2017, 11:31

Even as Delhi continues to reel under worsening air pollution, its Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who with great difficulty seems to have fixed a meeting with his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar, has now has now asked the Punjab CM Amarinder Singh to meet him to discuss the Delhi pollution.

Khattar said he was available in New Delhi on November 13 and 14 for a meeting and thereafter in Chandigarh to discuss the issue.

Please Wait while comments are loading. "We have also requested people burning stubble to not do so", Khattar said, alleging that Punjab is the bigger culprit.

"I write this in response to your letter dated November 8".

Kejriwal's invitation comes a day after reports claimed that though both the Delhi and Haryana CM said that they are willing to meet each other, the meet never happened.

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. Would be grateful if u cud spare sometime to meet me.

Kejriwal tweeted on Monday evening, "Khattar ji called. I look forward to meeting him in Chandigarh on Wednesday".

He pointed out that the Delhi government had failed to take any steps with regard to stubble burning being stopped in Delhi's territory where 40,000 families cultivate their land.

He added that no single person, organisation or government could improve the quality of air.

Notably, Delhi Chief Minister held "stubble" burning by neighbouring states of Haryana and Punjab, responsible for the alarming rise in pollution level and appealed his counterparts to hold joined talks on the matter. "Such collective problems require everyone to do their bit".

He said that as per satellite imagery data, there has been a substantial reduction in crop stubble burning cases and fires from 2014 onwards in Haryana.