Delhi air pollution: Primary schools closed from tomorrow, outdoor activities restricted, says Kejriwal
All primary schools in Delhi will be closed from tomorrow until further notice due to rising pollution levels in the nation’s capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said. He added that any outdoor activity for pupils in all grades above Class 5 will also not be permitted.
At a press conference, Kejriwal said, “We are taking all necessary measures to control the pollution situation. Instead, we are closing all primary schools in Delhi from tomorrow… Also closing outdoor activities for all grades above Class 5.” Kejriwal was accompanied by Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann during the of the press conference.
He further said that the Delhi government is also considering implementing the even-odd system for vehicles in view of deteriorating air quality. Kejriwal also said that the alarming levels of air pollution and Delhi’s air quality are not just the problems of the AAP government and called on the Center to intervene.
He said: “The AAP governments of Punjab and Delhi cannot be solely blamed for the air pollution.” Delhi’s chief minister also urged the Center not to engage in a blame game policy and admitted that the Punjab ruled by Bhagwant Mann was contributing to pollution in Delhi. However, he said farmers could be blamed for the same.
The air quality index (AQI) at Lodhi Road in Delhi was 396 (very poor) while it was 471 (severe) near Delhi University area at 11:40 a.m., according to SAFAR. The AQI at Pusa Road, IIT Delhi, Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) Terminal 3, Mathura Road, Dhirpur and Noida was 443 (severe), 382 (very weak), 474 (severe), 438 (severe ), 469 (severe). ) and 526 (severe) respectively.
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