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Schools In Delhi NCR To Be Shut For Next Two Days Amid High Air Pollution
The Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority (EPCA) has also asked industries using coal and other such fuels to remain closed till November 15.
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- November 13, 2019 21:04 IST
New Delhi: Schools in Delhi and adjoining districts have been advised to remain shut for the next two days due to the spike in the pollution levels. The Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) has also asked industries not running on clean fuels to remain closed till Friday.
"Hot mix plants, stone crushers to be closed till the morning of November 15, 2019, in all NCR (National Capital Region) districts," the anti-pollution body said in a statement. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also tweeted.
उत्तर भारत में पराली प्रदूषण के कारण बिगड़ते हालात को देखते हुए दिल्ली सरकार ने दिल्ली के सभी सरकारी और प्राइवेट स्कूल कल और परसों (Thu&Fri) के लिए बंद करने का निर्णय लिया है.— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) November 13, 2019
"All coal and other fuel-based industries, which have not shifted to natural gas or agro-residue (with exception to power-plants) to remain closed in Faridabad, Gurugram, Noida, Greater Noida, Sonepat, Panipat and Bahadurgarh and Bhiwadi till November 15. In Delhi industries, which have not yet shifted to PNG, to remain closed till November 15," it added.
"...in addition, keeping in mind the hazardous exposure to children, CPCB Taskforce has recommended, which EPCA is directing, that all schools must remain shut for the next two days," it said.
The air quality in the national capital region had deteriorated to hazardous levels after Diwali last month. The Delhi government had shut all schools for four days after a Supreme Court-mandated panel declared a public health emergency. The schools had reopened on November 5 after the air quality improved.
The pollution in Delhi has again hit hazardous levels, prompting the Supreme Court to slam the centre on Wednesday.
"In our view, little constructive efforts have been made by the government and other stakeholders to find solution to the problem," a top court bench comprising outgoing Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justice SA Bobde said.
"The whole of north India, NCR is suffering from the issue of air pollution," the court said.
The government has told the court that it is exploring technology, including those from Japan, to tackle air pollution.
The overall air quality index (AQI) in the city was 494 on Wednesday morning, according to the monitoring agency SAFAR. The index measures the levels of airborne PM 2.5 - particles that can reach deep into the lungs.
With winter setting in, Delhi is likely to suffer for weeks. "Now that it is getting colder, air is not rising high enough to disperse pollutants. The whole trapping is happening close to the ground," Anumita Roy Chowdhury, an executive director at Centre for Science and Environment, was quoted as saying by news agency Reuters.