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

Henrietta Brewer
November 14, 2017

In view of the deteriorating pollution level in Delhi and its neighbouring states, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that he would go to Chandigarh on November 15, to meet his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar to discuss on the issue. Khattar said he was in Delhi for two days, and Kejriwal could meet him at any time, but reminded the Delhi CM that "while Punjab has not spent even a paisa out its allocation of Rs 97.58 crore, Haryana has used Rs 39 crore of the allocation of Rs 45 crore released for crop residue management". "I am indeed open to meeting you anytime anywhere to solve the problem of dangerously bad air in NCR", Khattar wrote back. "It is in collective interest", Kejriwal said in a tweet. But the Aam Aadmi Party chief would travel to Chandigarh to discuss crop burning and other issues with the Haryana CM.

The Supreme Court on Monday sought response from the Centre and the governments of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh on a plea for taking immediate steps to curb rising air pollution in the national capital. "What steps did Kejriwal take for stubble burning over 40,000 hectares of land in Delhi".

Finally, Kejriwal took to twitter to inform that his Haryana counterpart, who is now in Delhi, was busy and not be able to meet him during is two-day visit. He has asked me to come to Chandigarh on Wednesday.

He added that no single person, organisation or government could improve the quality of air.

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

He said that satellite imagery data clearly showed substantial reduction in number of stubble burning cases in Haryana from 2014 onwards.

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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