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Air pollution: Kejriwal to meet Khattar in Chandigarh

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Chief Minister Kejriwal today said he would meet his counterpart in on Wednesday to discuss rising air pollution levels in the national capital as the latter was too "busy" to meet him in

Kejriwal said Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had called him and told him that the latter was in till tomorrow, but cannot meet him in Delhi, citing "he (Khattar) was very busy".

The CM has asked me to see him in on Wednesday, the supremo said.

The chief minister has been seeking a meeting with his counterparts from Haryana and over the last few days to find a solution to stubble burning in the neighbouring states, a major source to high pollution levels in Delhi.

"Khattar ji called. He is in Del till tomo. Says he is v busy n can't meet me in Del. He has asked me to come to on Wed. I look forward to meeting him in Chandigarh on Wed (sic)," Kejriwal tweeted.

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

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

"You may feel free to call me to fine tune a mutually convenient date, time and venue for the meeting," Khattar had said in the letter.

Last week, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said the situation warranted Centre's intervention as it has inter-state implications.

The practice of burning of crop residue by farmers of the two states of and Haryana has been blamed for the toxic smog enveloping the region every winter.

Kejriwal had recently said that keeping political differences aside, the Centre, Haryana, Punjab and Delhi governments should come together to find a permanent solution to stubble burning which leads to high pollution every year.

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First Published: Mon, November 13 2017. 20:32 IST