Delhi schools will remain closed until Tuesday due to the increase in pollution.
NEW DELHI: On Friday he decided to close all schools until November 5 after a panel ordered by the Supreme Court declared a public health emergency in the Delhi-NCR region due to the increase in the level of pollution.
As the level of pollution in the region fell into the category of more severe, the Environmental Pollution Authority (Prevention and Control) banned construction activity until November 5 and the outbreak of cookies during the winter season .
Following the increase in the level of pollution caused by burning stubble, the Delhi government decided to close all schools until November 5, said the Prime Minister of Delhi. Arvind Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.
दिल्ली में पराली के बढ़ते धुएँ के चलते प्रदूषण का स्तर बहुत ज़्यादा बढ़ गया है. इसलिए सरकार ने निर्णय लिया है कि दि… https://t.co/eZNywNlZxS - Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) 1572598219000
The prime minister also met with the president of EPCA, Bhure Lal, and assured him of all cooperation in the implementation of the Graduated Response Action Plan (GRAP).
I had an excellent meeting with Sh Bhure Lal ji, head of EPCA. I sought guidance from him and reiterated the commitment of our government in the treatment of pollution. I also assured him all the cooperation to implement GRAP and other measures, Kejriwal said in another Pio.
I had an excellent meeting with Sh Bhure Lal ji, head of EPCA. I sought guidance from him and reiterated the commitment ... https://t.co/nk4K9LsMI3 - Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) 1572597864000
In a letter to the chief secretaries of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Lal, he said: The air quality in Delhi and NCR deteriorated even more last night and is now at the most positive level. We have to take this as a public health emergency. It will have an adverse impact on the health of all, particularly our children.
The fog of fog over Delhi thickened on Friday morning with rising pollution levels in the national capital during the night.
Lal said the pollution hit severe levels earlier on Friday morning, but returned to the severe category later. According to official data, the general air quality index (AQI) at 1 pm on Friday was recorded at 480, which falls into the severe category.
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'. More than 500 falls into the category of 'more severe emergency'.
In a previous tweet, Kejriwal said that Delhi became a gas chamber due to the smoke that arises from burning crops in Punjab and Haryana.
Delhi has become a gas chamber due to smoke from crop burning in neighboring states. It is very difficult for ... https://t.co/6HAMmr5q8s - Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) 1572582735000
He said the government of Manohar Lal Khattar and the government of Captain Amrinder Singh were forcing their farmers to burn the stubble causing an increase in pollution in the national capital.
खट्टर और कैप्टन सरकारें अपने किसानों को पराली जलाने पर मजबूर कर रहीं हैं जिसकी वजह से दिल्ली में भारी प्रदूषण है क… https://t.co/9G7dNVJvDO - Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) 1572575885000
On Friday morning, Kejriwal distributed masks to school-age children as part of the government's initiative to protect them from contamination and also explained to children about stubble burning.
He told the students that the smoke emanating from the stubble burned in Punjab and Haryana was causing air pollution here and asked them to write letters to the chief ministers of the two states urging them to control it.