Schools, colleges in Delhi-NCR closed due to air pollution, WFH advised

In view of the severe air pollution, schools and colleges in Delhi and its neighbouring cities should remain closed till further orders, said the Commission for Air Quality Management in state and adjoining regions on Tuesday.

On November 13, the national capital had announced the closure of all schools for a week, while Haryana had closed schools till Wednesday, November 17.

On Tuesday, the commission set by the Centre released detailed guidelines to handle the pollution crisis. Earlier in the day, the Commission held a meeting with officials from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to review the steps taken to address the air pollution crisis.

To tackle air pollution. Delhi’s Environment Minister Gopal Rai at the meeting said the government has proposed to implement a work-from-home policy, ban all construction work and shut down industries in the national capital.

Since Diwali, Delhi and its neighbouring regions have been shrouded in toxic smog. In October and November this year, the pollution got worse because of farmers burning stubble in neighbouring states, unfavourable wind speed and emission of fumes by the local traffic in the city. However, the firecrackers bursted on Diwali added fuel to the problem.

The Central government on Monday told the Supreme Court that burning of farm waste accounted for just 10% of the emissions on an average through the year.

After the centre’s submission, a bench led by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana said that the “hue and cry” about stubble burning was without any factual basis.

The Apex Court will hear the futher case on Wednesday.

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