Delhi smog: SC terms situation an emergency, issues notice to Centre, states

Delhi smog: SC terms situation an emergency, issues notice to Centre, states

He wrote in a tweet that he was coming to Chandigarh to meet Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and he would be grateful if he could meet him too.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh declined the proposal for a meeting saying the air pollution in NCR was not an inter-state matter and needed the Centre's intervention, but Khattar said he was willing to meet the Delhi Chief Minister. "I look forward to meeting him in Chandigarh", Mr Kejriwal tweeted. 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".

While accepting Kejriwal's appeal for a meeting on the issue, Khattar stated that he was available in New Delhi on 13 and 14 November for a meeting and thereafter in Chandigarh to discuss the issue. The air quality deteriorated on Monday after marginally improving over the weekend.

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"Satellite images indicate enforcement of ban on stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana and UP has not been implemented fully and there has been significant level of stubble burning", Kapoor's petition said.

"Unfortunately, your letter contains no hint of such a mind set".

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.

"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.

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