Delhi is choking. The pollution levels have crossed hazardous levels by some margin and solutions to fix it are running thin. Apart from the weather, vehicle emissions, construction etc. a majr part of the problem is the burning of crop stubble in Punjab & Haryana.
Searching for a solution to the problem, the Delhi CM wrote to the CMs of Punjab and Haryana, seeking a meeting.
Delhi CM @ArvindKejriwal writes to Haryana CM @mlkhattar & Punjab CM @capt_amarinder asking for meeting to resolve crop burning & pollution issue. pic.twitter.com/0XX0rZYcbd— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) November 8, 2017
Apart from the letters, he also tweeted this:
My office continuously trying to take time from CMs of Punjab n Haryana for me to meet the two CMs. Its an emergency— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 8, 2017
However, instead of conducting a meet, the discussion began on Twitter itself.
Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh seemed convinced that the solution lies with the Centre.
Share your concern over stubble burning and pollution @ArvindKejriwal, Centre alone can solve the problem given its national implications.— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) November 8, 2017
While Kejriwal did not disagree, he did state that a meeting of the counterparts was necessary.
I agree sir that Centre shud take lead. But pl grant me time to discuss if together we can present a plan to centre. Del is choking sir https://t.co/qMQJX6Y4It— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 8, 2017
Yes, Delhi is choking. But Capt. Singh claimed Punjab too was helpless.
Situation is serious but Punjab helpless as problem is widespread & state has no money to compensate farmers for stubble management (1/2).— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) November 8, 2017
It is not a matter for inter-state discussion, that won’t help. It requires central govt intervention, at the earliest (2/2).— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) November 8, 2017
But Mr Kejriwal remained adamant on meeting him.
Sir, it wud be best if we met. Cud u kindly share estimated funds reqd? Both of us together can urge centre. It will help ppl of both states https://t.co/b5fRRzgIdQ— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 8, 2017
Post this, there was no response from the Punjab CM.
Delhi has no option but to wait for the smog to clear. But will the 3 Chief Ministers hold talks?
Why can’t @ArvindKejriwal @capt_amarinder @mlkhattar hold emergency meet on air quality? Unique chance for AAP, Cong, BJP to work together!— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) November 9, 2017