Air pollution in Delhi
Government and private schools across Delhi, National Capital Region (NCR) have been closed due to rising pollution levels. Primary schools in the national capital have been closed till further orders from the Delhi government. Schools in Noida and Greater Noida were asked to hold online classes for students up to Class 8 till November 8 in view of rising pollution in the National Capital Region.
The Commission on Air Quality Management (CAQM) has asked the governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to take action regarding closure of schools and colleges in the respective states as the air quality index (AQI) level in NCR has dropped and smog is thick. Covers parts of the district adjoining Delhi.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the closure of all primary schools in the national capital from Saturday, November 5 due to worsening pollution conditions. In the press conference, the Chief Minister said that the government is taking all steps to control the pollution situation. All primary schools in Delhi will remain closed from tomorrow and outdoor activities for all classes above class 5 will also be closed. Moreover, the government has asked 50 percent of government employees to work from home as AQI levels have deteriorated.
Gautam Buddha Nagar District Inspector of Schools (DIOS) Dharmaveer Singh on November 3, Noida, asked all schools in Greater Noida city to conduct online classes for students up to Class 8 by November 8 as the National Capital Region has AIQ levels. Worse, the DIOS has asked schools to conduct online classes as much as possible for students in classes 9 to 12. Gautam Buddha Nagar has about 1,800 schools, including higher education institutions, spread across Noida and Greater Noida.
The Haryana government may soon decide on school closures as the AQI levels in Gurgaon and Faridabad also reached critical levels. However, the official announcement from the government is awaited. According to reports, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar also said that the government will take a decision soon.