All schools in Delhi will remain suspended until further notice tomorrow, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said today after the Supreme Court withdrew the Delhi government for resuming physics classes amid rising air pollution. Rai said the Delhi government had decided to reopen schools as air quality was forecast to improve.
Due to the air crisis, schools in the national capital have been closed for more than two weeks since November 13. Physics classes in schools, colleges and other educational institutions had resumed since Monday, November 29.
Regarding the decision to reopen schools, SC asked the Delhi government today: “When the government has implemented homework for adults, then why are children forced to go to school?”
“We feel that nothing is happening, despite the rising level of air pollution in Delhi,” the court said.
Later, Rai said: “We have reopened the schools in view of the forecast that air quality will improve. However, air pollution levels have risen again and we have decided to close schools on Friday until further notice. ”
The Apex High Court on Thursday expressed concern over the increase in air pollution in Delhi-NCR and gave central and the Delhi government a 24-hour period to draw up a serious plan to implement pollution control measures.
Air quality falls into the “severe” category.
Delhi’s air quality deteriorated again on Thursday and settled in the “severe” category, with the AQI marked at 419 in the morning. According to the Ministry of Earth Science’s “SAFAR” air quality monitor, air quality is likely to improve starting Friday due to better wind speeds.
As of December 3, winds are expected to increase as pollutants disperse, but AQI is likely to remain in the “very weak” category. The low height of the mixing layer prevents the efficient dispersion of pollutants “, said SAFAR in its opinion.
On Wednesday, the city’s 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) was 370. It was 328 on Tuesday.
The neighboring cities of NCR Faridabad (441) and Noida (404) also witnessed severe air quality on Thursday morning. However, AQI in Ghaziabad (359), Greater Noida (381), Gurugram (361) was in the “very poor” category.
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’.
(With contributions from agencies)
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