Will Meet 'Very Busy' Khattar in Chandigarh on Nov 15, Says Kejriwal

Delhi air pollution

Delhi air pollution

In his letter, Mr. Khattar said he was in Delhi on Monday and Tuesday and was open to a meeting with Mr. Kejriwal.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal defended himself saying that his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar was very busy and could not meet him in the national capital.

Earlier in the day, he said his office was constantly trying to fix a meeting with the Haryana chief minister.

As Delhi and other parts of NCR are engulfed in a thick smog, the CMs of Delhi and Haryana were locked in war of words calling on each other to meet, but no action followed.

While the Punjab Chief Minister had said the Centre should take the lead and call a meeting, Mr. Khattar had kept mum till Monday, when he wrote a letter to Mr. Kejriwal. "Such collective problems require everyone to do their bit".

In a letter, written on Friday, Khattar said he would be in Delhi from Monday (November 13) afternoon till forenoon of November 14, and in Chandigarh thereafter.

The Haryana CM also criticised Punjab for not spending a single rupee out of its allocation of around Rs 97 crore for crop residue management. What is the Punjab government doing?

"We have requested people burning stubble to not do so, Punjab is the bigger culprit". He said that while the neighbouring state had not used "a penny out of 98 crores allotted to check farm fires, Haryana used 39 crores out of 45 crores allotted" to it for the objective.

Mr. Kejriwal had written to both the Haryana Chief Minister and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on November 8, asking to set up a meeting to discuss the prevailing pollution.

"Kejriwal is a peculiar person who has views on everything without understanding the situation". What steps have been taken to keep them away from stubble burning? The Kejriwal government on Saturday scrapped its controversial odd even scheme after the National Green Tribunal asked the government to omit the exemptions for women and two wheelers.

"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", the Haryana chief minister wrote. The PIL also seeks an effective implementation of the odd-even auto rationing scheme. The Air Quality Index reading in several areas in Delhi was above 500.

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