Delhi Schools To Remain Closed for Two Days As Pollution Levels Soar In National Capital – The Daily Connection

Delhi Pollution: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday declared closure of schools for two days as pollution level rises in the National Capital. In a post on ‘X’, the chief minister said, “In light of the rising pollution levels, all govt and private primary schools in Delhi will remain closed for the next 2 days.”

At least 18 out of 37 monitoring stations in Delhi recorded Air Quality Index (AQI) in the “severe” category. The areas where AQI breached the 400-mark are – Anand Vihar (450), Bawana (452), Burari Crossing (408), Dwarka Sector 8 (445), Jahangirpuri (433), Mundka (460), NSIT Dwarka (406), Najafgarh (414), Narela (433), Nehru Nagar (400), New Moti Bagh (423), Okhla Phase 2 (415), Patparganj (412), Punjabi Bagh (445), R K Puram (417), Rohini (454), Shadipur (407) and Wazirpur (435).

An AQI between zero and 50 is considered “good”, 51 and 100 “satisfactory”, 101 and 200 “moderate”, 201 and 300 “poor”, 301 and 400 “very poor”, and 401 and 500 “severe”.

In light of worsening air quality, Gurugram District Magistrate has also issued an order under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Act, 1973 to combat air pollution in the district. According to the order issued by the authorities, burning waste materials, such as garbage, leaves, plastic, and rubber, is strictly prohibited in all areas of Gurugram.