In response to the severe pollution levels in the national capital, the Delhi government has made the decision to keep primary schools closed until November 10. Additionally, students in Class 6 to 12 are being offered the option of shifting to online mode for their education. These measures aim to protect the health and well-being of students in Delhi, given the hazardous air quality conditions.
In a post on X, Delhi Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Atishi said, "As pollution levels continue to remain high, primary schools in Delhi will stay closed till 10th November."
"For Grade 6-12, schools are being given the option of shifting to online classes," she added.
The air quality in Delhi-NCR continues to remain in the 'severe' category, with the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) at 482, according to data from the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR). As a result of the persistently hazardous air quality, the Delhi government had previously announced the closure of government and private schools for two days until November 4.
In specific areas of Delhi, the pollution levels are as follows:
- Aya Nagar: PM 2.5 at 416 and PM 10 at 440, both in the 'severe' category, while CO is at 126 in the 'moderate' category.
- Bawana: PM 2.5 reached 500 in the 'severe' category, PM 10 was at 482, also in the 'severe' category, and CO was recorded at 105, in the 'moderate' category.
- Dwarka sector 8: PM 10 at 500 and PM 2.5 at 465, both in the 'severe' category, while CO was at 105 in the 'moderate' category, and NO2 was at 54 in the 'satisfactory' category.
- IGI Airport T3 area: The air quality is 'severe' with PM 2.5 at 495 and PM 10 at 454, while CO is at 104 ('moderate') and NO2 is at 32 ('satisfactory').
- ITO: PM 2.5 is recorded at 420, placing it in the 'severe' category, PM 10 reached 298, categorized as 'poor', NO2 is at 104 ('moderate'), and CO is recorded at 102 ('moderate').
These air quality readings indicate a severe level of air pollution in several parts of Delhi, which has prompted measures such as school closures and restrictions to protect public health.
(With Agency Inputs)