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Delhi schools to remain shut for physical classes till further notice due to pollution

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Delhi schools to remain shut for physical classes till further notice due to pollution

New Delhi: Amid the air pollution concerns in the national capital, the Delhi government announced that all schools in the city will remain shut for physical classes till further orders. However, online education will continue, Directorate of Education said, news agency ANI reported.

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Earlier this week, in an emergency measures to reduce pollution, the city government had ordered a 100% work from home (WFH) arrangement for the government department employees till today. It had also put a ban on construction and demolition work. “Schools and other educational institutes will remain closed in the national capital until further orders,” Rai had informed.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) allowed standing passengers in metro trains and buses to augment the carrying capacity of the public transport systems to let more people use them instead of private vehicles.

In a notification on Friday, the DDMA said that 30 standing passengers will be allowed in each metro train coach. In Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and Cluster buses, the maximum number of passengers allowed to travel in standing position will be 50% of the seating capacity.

Till now, metro trains and buses in the national capital were allowed to run with 100% seating capacity only to reduce crowding to check the spread of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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For the eighth day, Delhi’s air quality remained “very poor” on Sunday morning, with the air quality index (AQI) standing at 382 at 9 am. The 24-hour average AQI was 374 on Saturday. However, it is likely to improve slightly due to the strong surface winds, expert said.

The air quality has continued to fluctuate between the ‘very poor and ‘severe’ category’ for more than two weeks. However, the air quality might become moderate on Monday due to the change in weather conditions.

From November 21 to November 23, surface winds are likely to be strong resulting in effective dispersion that improves air quality, said the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air quality monitor SAFAR.

“Transport-level winds coming from northwest direction are also likely to be strong during the period and will flush out locally emitted pollutants from Delhi to the southeast region that is expected to improve air quality further,” it said.

Neighboring Faridabad (347), Ghaziabad (344), Greater Noida (322), Gurgaon (345) and Noida (356) also recorded their air quality in the ‘very poor’ category.

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