All schools and colleges in Delhi-NCR will remain closed till further orders

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New Delhi: Schools, colleges are now hit by the increased pollution in Delhi. A central government panel set up on air pollution has issued an order saying that all schools and colleges in Delhi-NCR will remain closed till further orders. Online studies will be done from Wednesday. On Tuesday night, the Commission for Air Quality Management issued a series of instructions to the city and surrounding areas to tackle air pollution.

The decision to close schools in Delhi-NCR has been taken after an emergency meeting on pollution. This commission has said in its instructions that at least 50 per cent of government officials should be allowed to work from home by November 21. Apart from this, such arrangements should be made in private offices also.

The commission has said that the entry of all trucks in Delhi has been banned till November 21. However, there will be no restriction on the entry of essential goods during this period. Apart from this, except railway, metro, airport and national security/defence, all other types of construction have also been banned till November 21.

Earlier on Tuesday, the air quality in Delhi deteriorated further to the ‘severe’ category and the Delhi government, during a meeting with the northern states, introduced a ‘work from home policy in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) to deal with the pollution crisis. Suggested to take steps like implementation and closure of some industries.

The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Air Quality Management Commission to hold a joint meeting. On Tuesday, the states of Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh participated in this meeting. The top court will hear the matter on Wednesday. Delhi’s air quality has once again slipped into the ‘severe’ category and the 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 403. It was in the ‘very poor category till Tuesday morning and was recorded at 396.

On this day, AQI was recorded at 356 in Ghaziabad, 361 in Greater Noida, 369 in Gurugram and 397 in Noida at 4 pm. It falls under the ‘very poor category. According to the air quality monitor ‘SAFAR’, the AQI will remain in the ‘severe’ category on Wednesday as well.

It said that the wind speed is likely to remain very low due to which the AQI will remain in the ‘severe’ category and thereafter in the ‘severe’ or ‘very poor’ category till November 18. He said that the pollutants associated with stubble burning are not likely to enter Delhi for the next two days as the wind direction is opposite.

Delhi’s air quality saw slight improvement on Sunday and the AQI was recorded in the ‘very poor category. The AQI is considered as good between zero and 50, 51 and 100 satisfactory, 101 and 200 moderates, between 201 and 300, poor, 301 and 400, very poor, and between 401 and 500 in the severe category.

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