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

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The practice of burning of crop residue by farmers of the two states have been blamed for the toxic smog enveloping the region during the winter season every year.

Accusing the Delhi CM of playing politics for vote-bank, he said, "I will be in Delhi on Monday and Tuesday. It is in collective interest", he wrote.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh declined the proposal for a meeting saying the air pollution in NCR was not an inter-state matter and needed the Centre's intervention, but Khattar said he was willing to meet the Delhi Chief Minister.

"Khattar ji (Manohar Lal Khattar) called". Says he is very busy and can't meet me.

The Delhi government is blaming stubble burning by farmers in Punjab and Haryana for the smog and air pollution in the national capital and surrounding areas which have led to environment and health concerns for people. He has asked me to come to Chandigarh on Wednesday.

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While accepting Kejriwal's appeal for a meeting on the issue, Khattar stated that he was available in New Delhi on 13 and 14 November for a meeting and thereafter in Chandigarh to discuss the issue.

The petitioner lawyer has sought vacuum cleaning and sprinkling of the roads, fruitful use of the stubble instead of burning them, use of electricity-driven vehicles instead of those using costly fuels - diesel and petrol - contributing to pollution and focus on solar energy instead of thermal power plants. "I believe that no single person, organisation, or government can improve the quality of air".

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

The CMs of Delhi and Punjab took to Twitter to discuss crop burning where Kejriwal had asked Amarinder to meet to find a solution to the problem but the latter said the issue can only be solved by the Central Government. "We direct all the pollution control boards and departments concerned of Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to ensure that there is no stubble burning anymore", NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.

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