Chandigarh: The US on Wednesday appreciated the Haryana government for measures to curb vehicular and crop burning residual pollution especially in the National Capital Region (NCR) and offered all technological expertise to effectively deal with toxic air. Also Read - Haryana Reports First COVID-19 Death, State Bans Sale on Gutkha, Pan Masala

US Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster, who called on Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here, said both Haryana and the US could work together on this issue of great importance which would go a long way in making the entire state pollution free. Also Read - US Sets New Record as 884 Die Within 24 Hours Due to COVID-19; Total Cases Stand at 2,13,372

This would be a great achievement, said Kenneth, adding that he is confident that Haryana would emerge as a leader in this area. Also Read - Donald Trump Urged to Suspend H1B Visa Programme For This Year After Job Loss Amidst Layoffs

He also commended the state for declaring Haryana as a kerosene-free and Open Defecation Free (ODF) state.

Khattar said the state is quite serious on the issue of air pollution and has taken several steps in this direction. The thermal power plants are being converted into green energy plants and much is being done in the area of stubble burning.

“We are soon going to launch a fleet of 200 buses of clean fuel in Gurugram under the city bus service scheme,” a statement quoting the Chief Minister said.

He said the state is also promoting CNG filling stations.

It was also said that a global city is being developed in Gurugram, adjacent to Delhi over 1,200 acres of land. In addition, five cities on different themes are proposed to be developed along with the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway.