Delhi pollution: Primary schools shut on Wednesday

Delhi pollution: Primary schools shut on Wednesday

Recording severe PM2.5 levels at all its 10 monitoring stations across Delhi-NCR, the central government's "System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR)' has cautioned 'everyone" in the region to "avoid walks, outdoor activities, burning anything including incense sticks and candles, shut the windows, mop the floors and not vacuum clean and use only N-95 or P-100 standard respirators and not to rely on dust masks".

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) declared the condition state's medical emergency and had written to the Delhi Chief Minister to declare holidays in schools for a few days.

"Primary schools in Delhi, including private ones, will remain closed tomorrow".

Tuesday is also termed as the worst air pollution day recorded in Delhi for the season so far.

The tribunal directed the state government to look into the issues raised by the petitioner and act for the protection and conservation of natural springs.

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"Only if the political parties ruling Delhi would have spent as much time and energy on critical issues as they spend on fighting political battles, we would not be facing this environmental crisis once again", Mr Anupam said in a statement.

The situation following the alarming pollution levels in the city was reviewed by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at a meeting with senior officials, including those from the Health and Environment departments. If PM10 reaches 500 ug/m3, the situation is then called severe.

Earlier in the day, Kejriwal said that he has requested Sisodia "to consider closing schools for a few days considering high level of pollution". Sisodia said the Government had also advised citizens not to burn dry leaves, crop residue, wood, coal etc.

Also, all outdoor activities in schools, including morning and afternoon assemblies, have been suspended, he said.

Sisodia said that the "gas chamber" situation in Delhi was "too close to being severe" and urged the intervention of the Central government to prevent a repeat of 2016 when AQI rose to 500, its highest possible. All teachers, however, shall attend school as usual.