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

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Would be grateful if you could spare sometime to meet me.

Days after Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh lashed out at his Delhi counterpart calling him a 'peculiar' person, Haryana's Manohar Lal Khattar too has a few words for Arvind Kejriwal.

Kejriwal said Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had called him and told him that the latter was in Delhi till tomorrow, but can not meet him in Delhi, citing "he (Khattar) was very busy". In fact, your reference to the helplessness of farmers in Punjab and Haryana in stubble burning betrays an inability to rise above short term electoral interests.

Earlier in the day, he said his office was constantly trying to fix a meeting with the Haryana chief minister. Such collective action problems require everyone to do their bit....

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.

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. "And more importantly, a strong mechanism to enhance the outcome of such constructive steps", Khattar told Kejriwal in the letter dated November 10. "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.

Khattar said he was likely to be in Delhi on November 13 and 14.

"Unfortunately, your letter contains no hint of such a mindset". Khattar also claimed that satellite imagery shows a reduction in stubble burning in Haryana since 2014.

A thick blanket of smog, mainly caused by stubble burning, has enveloped parts of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi, severely affecting normal life and troubling people in breathing.

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