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Delhi air pollution: Noida schools goes online till Nov 8, Delhi to limit activities as air quality turns severe

The air quality of the country's capital was recorded in the very poor category on Thursday. Today's Air Quality Index of Delhi has reached 346. On the other hand, the air quality of Noida has been recorded as 393 and that of Gurugram is 318. Due to rising pollution in National Capital Region, all schools in Noida and Greater Noida were asked to hold classes online for students up to Class 8 until November 8.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Today’s Air Quality Index of Delhi has reached 346. On the other hand, the air quality of Noida has been recorded as 393 and that of Gurugram is 318. The air in Delhi-NCR has become so bad that people are facing burning in the eyes and breathing difficulties. Black fog has engulfed the capital since Diwali. The process of stubble burning is going on in the adjoining areas of Delhi. Due to which the air of Delhi has become even more toxic. The air quality of the country’s capital was recorded in the very poor category on Thursday.The air is not taking the name of being clean. After which Grape-4 has been implemented.

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As per the dynamic model and weather/ meteorological forecast, the overall air quality over Delhi is likely to remain in the ‘Severe’/ ‘Severe ‘ category from November 3 to November 5. Due to rising pollution in National Capital Region, all schools in Noida and Greater Noida were asked to hold classes online for students up to Class 8 until November 8. Giving details, Dharmveer Singh, the District Inspector of Schools (DIOS) for Gautam Buddh Nagar, said he has instructed the schools to hold classes for students in Classes 9 through 12 online whenever possible.

“All schools have been asked to move to online medium for teaching students up to Class 8. They have been asked to switch to the online mode for students of Class 9 to 12 also to the extent possible,” Singh said in the order.

“All outdoor activities are to be restricted until further notice,” the notice read. Gautam Buddhist is about 1,800 schools, including higher education centers, which are spread in Noida and Greater Noida. In Noida, the quality of the air was reached in the ‘Gambhir’ category. A thick layer of mist in the city with Air Quality Index (AQI) at 469. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), AKI in many parts of Noida and Greater Noida on November 3 was in ‘Very bad’ and ‘serious’ categories.

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1. Ban on plying of four wheeler diesel light motor vehicles in Delhi-NCR; BS-6, essential and emergency services vehicles have been exempted.

2. Ban on entry of trucks other than electric and CNG powered trucks into Delhi; Vehicles carrying essential commodities have been exempted.

3. Ban on construction and demolition works in ‘linear public projects’ like highways, flyovers, overbridges, power transmission, pipelines in Delhi-NCR.

4. All industries that do not run on clean fuel in NCR were ordered to be closed. Even in areas that do not have PNG infrastructure and supply other than fuel as per the standard list of fuels approved for NCR. However, industries such as milk and dairy units and those involved in the manufacture of life-saving medical devices or instruments, drugs and medicines will be exempted from these restrictions.

5. State governments should decide on the odd-even scheme for school closures, non-emergency business activities, vehicles.

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6. Central, state governments can decide to allow work from home for their employees.

7. Ban on diesel-run medium and heavy goods vehicles registered in Delhi in the capital. Those carrying essential commodities and providing essential services have been exempted.

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