Delhi education minister Atishi said primary schools in Delhi will remain closed till November 10 amid severe air quality
Delhi Pollution: Primary schools in Delhi will remain closed till November 10, Delhi Minister Atishi announced on Sunday as the pollution levels in the city continue to remain high. For Class 6-12, schools are being given the option of shifting to online classes, she said. “As pollution levels continue to remain high, primary schools in Delhi will stay closed till 10th November. For grade 6-12, schools are being given the option of shifting to online classes,” tweets Delhi Education Minister Atishi
Delhi and its surrounding areas witnessed a marginal dip in pollution levels on Saturday due to a relatively better wind speed but a thick toxic haze lingered over the city for the fifth consecutive day. The concentration of poisonous PM2.5 was still over 80 times the healthy limit prescribed by the World Health Organization.
As pollution levels continue to remain high, primary schools in Delhi will stay closed till 10th November.
For Grade 6-12, schools are being given the option of shifting to online classes.
— Atishi (@AtishiAAP) November 5, 2023
Expressing concern about the expected deterioration in air quality in the coming days due to Diwali and stubble burning in neighbouring states, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai shot off a letter to Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav urging that only CNG, electric and BS VI-compliant vehicles be permitted in Delhi-NCR.
Thick Toxic Haze Engulfs Delhi, Minimum Temperature at 15.8 degree Celcius
Delhi’s air quality on Sunday morning continued to be ‘severe’ as a thick haze engulfed the national capital, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 15.8 degree Celsius, one notch above the season’s normal. The relative humidity was recorded 96 per cent, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
The pollution levels in the city once again reached the severe plus category due to unfavourable wind conditions, particularly calm winds during the night. The air quality index (AQI) deteriorated from 415 at 4 pm on Saturday to 460 at 7 am on Sunday.
An AQI between 0-50 is considered “good”, 51-100 “satisfactory”, 101-200 “moderate”, 201-300 “poor”, 301-400 “very poor” and 401-500 “severe”. An AQI above 500 falls in the “severe plus” category.