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

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

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

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.

The development comes after Khattar wrote back to Kejriwal and said he was "likely" to be in Delhi on November 13 and 14.

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The Aam Aadmi Party's leader came a day after Khattar accepted his request for a meeting to discuss the issue of stubble burning. Khattar in his letter said he would be available in Delhi on Monday and till Tuesday noon. He later tweeted: "Khattarji called. You (Kejriwal) may feel free to call me to fine tune a mutually convenient date, time and venue for the meeting", he wrote.

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. "I look forward to meeting him in Chandigarh on Wednesday (sic)", Kejriwal had tweeted on Monday night. There are 40,000 farmers' families who cultivate as many hectares in Delhi. The air quality deteriorated on Monday after marginally improving over the weekend.

Stubble burning in farms in Delhi's neighbouring states is a major contributor to the smog engulfing the capital, Kejriwal has alleged. "Such collective problems require everyone to do their bit". "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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When asked about the spat, Khattar told HT: "I am pained at what Kejriwal is doing".

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

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