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Updated On - Nov 15, 2021 PM

Schools Closed due to bad Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi-NCR & Haryana

In an emergency session on Saturday, the decision was made that Delhi schools will be in limbo for one week because of pollution. Additionally, offices will be closed, and employees will have to work at their homes.

New Delhi:

Delhi schools will remain for a week. classes will be held on a virtual basis, announced Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on November 13. Schools will shift to online mode starting November 15 and continue on virtual for the duration of a week. The move was made because Delhi's air quality is being rated at "severe" on the Air Quality Index (AQI).

When addressing media in a press conference, Mr. Kejriwal declared: "For a week from Monday onwards, schools will be physically closed (they can continue virtually) so children don't have to breathe polluted air. "

Delhi the government made this decision in an emergency meeting to manage the effects of the pollution levels rising.

Haryana:

With regard to the growing levels of pollution from the National Capital Region (NCR) and the increasing levels of air pollution in the NCR, the Haryana government has announced the closure of schools in districts like Gurugram, Faridabad, Sonepat, and Jhajjar up to the 17th of November.

An official spokesperson said as per the directions issued by Chief Secretary-cum-Chairperson, Haryana State Executive Committee, all government, and private schools would remain closed.

In addition, with an intention to reduce by the percentage of plying by vehicles on roads, which could reduce emissions from vehicles and lessen dust particles in the air. All government, as well as private employees, have been instructed to work at home.

Vehicles older than 10/15 years old (diesel/petrol or diesel) must be checked for emissions and impounded in accordance He added.

The official also said there would be a complete prohibition on all forms of development and construction projects. Mechanized Stone Crushers and Hot Mix facilities used for construction will be shut down. The burning of trash by municipal authorities will be permitted. Burning of sand and mud is prohibited. Roads that are swept manually are allowed the official added.

He also said that in order to reduce the pollution of dust, sprinkling onto roads will be conducted. Deputy Commissioners will constitute joint inspection teams for enforcing the above directions/instructions and shall ensure extensive checking, monitoring and action against the violators as per law/rules/instructions/directions issued from time to time by the Haryana Government.