SC terms Delhi smog life-threatening

Delhi air pollution

Even as Delhi continues to reel under worsening air pollution, its Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who with great difficulty seems to have fixed a meeting with his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar, has now has now asked the Punjab CM Amarinder Singh to meet him to discuss the Delhi pollution.

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Khattar had written back to Kejriwal on 10 November, in response to a letter from the latter on 8 November.

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.

Acknowledging the dire consequences that continued exposure to peaking levels of air pollution would visit on the public, including schoolchildren, a Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said long-term preventive measures should be taken to end this life-threatening situation caused by stubble burning and dust from construction activities.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has been rejecting Kejriwal's appeals for a meeting to address the issue of crop burning. The air quality deteriorated on Monday after marginally improving over the weekend. Would be grateful if u cud spare sometime to meet me. He later tweeted: "Khattarji called".

The Haryana CM has asked me to see him in Chandigarh on Wednesday, the AAP supremo said. "I look forward to meeting him", Kejriwal said. Such collective action problems require everyone to do their bit....

He cited "publicly available satellite imagery data" and said they showed substantial reduction in stubble burning cases and fires from 2014 onwards in Haryana. "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.

The Delhi CM has earlier alleged that both Punjab and Haryana CMs have no time to discuss the crop burning issue.

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