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Delhi air pollution: All primary schools to be shut from tomorrow, says CM


Arvind Kejriwal says Delhi primary classes to be closed from tomorrow as air pollution worsens in the national capital. The CM also said that the govt is contemplating on having odd even scheme to check the pollution. Schools will remain open for secondary and highest secondary students, but no outdoor activities will be permitted. Addressing the press conference, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann took responsibility for the excessive stubble burning that has led to a decline in air quality over the last few days.

“We’re taking all steps to control the pollution situation. Meanwile, we’re shutting down all primary schools in Delhi from tomorrow… Also, outdoor activities for all classes above Class 5 would be barred,” the Delhi Chief Minister said.

As a blanket of smog engulfs the national capital Delhi, demand has grown to shut schools in view of the health of children. The air quality index (AQI) in the Delhi-NCR region has continued to remain under the “severe” category, according to the data from the Central Pollution Control Board.

With Air Quality in the national capital continuing to remain in the ‘severe’ category for consecutive two days, the SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research) Friday reveals that the stubble-burning contributed 34 per cent in Delhi’s PM 2.5 pollution.

The air quality in Delhi continued to remain in the ‘severe’ category on Friday morning as the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of the city jumped to 472. Noida, which is part of the national capital region, recorded an AQI of 562, and continued to remain in the ‘severe’ category, while Gurugram’s AQI stood at 539 and continued to remain in the ‘severe’, as per data released by SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research) India.

Noida schools start online classes due to worsening air quality

Due to rising pollution in National Capital Region, all schools in Noida and Greater Noida were asked to hold classes online for students up to Class 8 until November 8. 

According to the notice issued by District Magistrate, Gautam Budh Nagar, Dharamveer Singh, schools have also been advised to hold online classes for students studying class 9 to class 12 as much as possible.

“All outdoor activities are to be restricted until further notice,” read the notice from District Magistrate Dharamveer Singh.

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