New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday to discuss the issue of stubble burning and air pollution.
“We had a very constructive discussion. We touched upon many topics. Collective efforts are needed to resolve the issues. Crop burning, vehicular pollution, use of CNG and improving traffic conditions between Delhi and Gurugram, were few of the things that were majorly discussed," said Arvind Kejriwal, after meeting Manohar Lal Khattar.
The Haryana CM also toed a similar line and said, “Pollution is a common concern for all. We will try to resolve the issue of crop burning and have ensured that 500 CNG buses run from Gurugram to Delhi."
Earlier in the day, Kejriwal had tweeted that he, Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain and Environment Department Secretary Keshav Chandra were on their way to the neighbouring state “to discuss issues related to pollution".
Myself, Del Env Minister n Env Secy on our way to Haryana to discuss issues related to pollution with Hon'ble CM of Haryana and his team. Look forward to a fruitful discussion— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 15, 2017
The Delhi Chief Minister had earlier blamed stubble burning by farmers in Punjab and Haryana for the thick smog that descended over Delhi.
He had also written to the Chief Ministers of both states and requested for a joint meeting to “find a solution" to the problem that has led to widespread health concerns in the National Capital Region.
On Tuesday, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh rejected Kejriwal’s request to meet and instead asked him to refrain from “trying to politicise a serious issue".
Singh said that air pollution in NCR was not an inter-state matter and needed the Centre’s intervention.
Meanwhile, air quality in the National Capital Region saw a marginal improvement from “severe plus" to “severe" on Tuesday.
(With IANS Inputs)