Delhi CM Kejriwal closes all schools for 2 days due to worsening air quality, shifting to online classes on Friday and Saturday.
Commuters navigate through hazy conditions in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the closure of all government and private primary schools in the city for the next two days due to escalating air pollution levels. In response to the deteriorating air quality, online classes were mandated for November 3 and 4.
The Delhi government’s order specified the discontinuation of physical classes for Pre School, Pre Primary, and Primary students (Nursery to class V), with teachers conducting classes online.
In addition to school closures, the Delhi government imposed measures to combat pollution, including a ban on non-essential construction work in Delhi-NCR and restrictions on the entry of diesel trucks into the national capital.
These actions were part of the Graded Response Action Plan’s stage III, managed by the Commission for Air Quality Management.
The worsening air quality in Delhi, attributed to agricultural fires and adverse weather conditions, has prompted concerns from experts and health professionals.
The Air Quality Index (AQI) in many areas of Delhi has already reached the ‘severe’ category, with warnings of further pollution increases in the coming weeks.
According to the weather department, the 24-hour average AQI in Delhi had steadily worsened in recent days, raising alarms about public health.