Schools and colleges in the NCR will be closed due to severe air pollution said Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM)
The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) said that all the private schools, colleges, universities and educational institutions will remain closed until the next order of Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM).
The order for closing private schools, colleges, universities and educational institutions was issued late Tuesday night on November 16, 2021, for the National Capital Region until further orders are issued. Although, the Commission for Air Quality Management has allowed for the online mode of education till the closure.
This step can be a helpful measure in order to prevent air pollution in the National Capital Region. The Commission for Air Quality Management was instructed by the Supreme Court to hold a joint meeting regarding the high levels of air pollutions in Delhi.
The proceedings will be held and heard by today, November 17, 2021, in the Supreme Court.
What is the Air Quality Index in Delhi?
In Delhi, the Air Quality Index (AQI) is very acute right now. After remaining in the very poor category till Tuesday on November 16, 2021, in the morning, when the AQI was recorded at 396, Delhi’s air quality returned to the severe category with a 24-hour average AQI of 403.
Have a look at the Air Quality Index (AQI) in neighbouring cities:
- Noida air quality index was 397
- Gurugram air quality index was 369
- Greater Noida air quality index was 361
- Ghaziabad air quality index was 356
The air quality index of the respective cities was observed at 4 pm on November 16, 2021.
Therefore, the government of Delhi NCR has given orders to work from home (WFH). Till Sunday, the people are allowed to work from home and also encouraged the private companies to follow the instructions.
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Due to the rise in the levels of pollution, the Central Government has told the Supreme Court of India to advise the employees to resort to carpooling to reduce the air pollution by reducing the number of vehicles used by them for travelling.
The Commission for Air Quality Management also stated that only five of the 11 thermal power plants within a 300-kilometre radius of Delhi – NTPC Jhajjar, Mahatma Gandhi TPS, CLP Jhajjar, Panipat TPS, HPGCL, Nabha Power Ltd. TPS, Rajpura, and Talwandi Sabo TPS, Mansa – will be operational until November 30.