Delhi Smog : Gopal Rai hits out at Center & Haryana government

Delhi air pollution

Delhi air pollution

Days after chief minister Arvind Kejriwal got into a public spat with Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, he traded charges with his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar over the health emergency in the National Capital Region.

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". "I am indeed open to meeting you anytime anywhere to solve the problem of dangerously bad air in NCR", Khattar wrote back. Earlier, Khattar shared on his Twitter handle a letter he had written to Kejriwal on November 10 in which he had expressed his willingness to meet the Delhi Chief Minister, and also blamed Kejriwal for his "inability to rise above short-term electoral interests".

Last week, Kejriwal sought a meeting with his Haryana and Punjab counterparts to discuss ways to manage the worsening air pollution in Delhi and neighbouring states.

Khattar said he was likely to be in Delhi on November 13 and 14. "Sir, I am coming to Chandigarh on Wednesday to meet Haryana CM".

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has been rejecting Kejriwal's appeals for a meeting to address the issue of crop burning. "What steps did Kejriwal take for stubble burning over 40,000 hectares of land in Delhi".

He added that no single person, organisation or government could improve the quality of air. Says he is very busy and can't meet me in Delhi. Khattar also claimed that satellite imagery shows a reduction in stubble burning in Haryana since 2014. "A meeting between just the two of us makes no sense to me, unless it is facilitated by the Centre and involves the CMs of other states", he had told the Print.

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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