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Delhi to Shut down all Schools and Govt Offices for 2 days due to heavy Air pollution

Delhi air pollution

The AQI was 471 in delhi and it comes in severe condition due to heavy air pollution. The authorities have called an emergency meeting today at 12 pm to discuss further measures.

As the AQI neared 500 in several other parts of the city, Delhi authorities announced on Thursday that all government and private primary schools would remain closed for two days.

The air quality index plunged to 471 on Friday in delhi, the worst of the year. It was recorded at 422 on Thursday, and has been gradually worsening over the past few days.

Due to highly unfavourable meteorological conditions and an increase in stubble burning incidents in neighbouring states, the city’s AQI shot up from 351 at 10 am on Thursday to 471 at 9 am on Friday.

In light of the deteriorating situation, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai will hold a press conference at 1 pm at the Delhi Secretariat. In this regard, he said more guidelines would be issued.

Rai told the media that “it is not possible for the Delhi Government to control pollution completely.” According to the Delhi Government report, sources outside Delhi cause twice as much pollution here as the sources within Delhi. As a result, the Delhi Government is working on a war footing. CM Arvind Kejriwal’s efforts have resulted in Delhi’s air quality improving by 200 days, but the task remains,” he told ANI on Friday.

Due to rising pollution levels, Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said all government and private primary schools would remain closed for the next two days. He posted on X that all Delhi public and private primary schools would remain closed for the next two days due to rising pollution levels.

In view of the worsening situation, the centre’s pollution control panel has also ordered an immediate ban on non-essential construction work, stone crushing, and mining.

BS III petrol and BS IV diesel four-wheelers were also restricted in Delhi, Gurugram, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, and Gautam Budh Nagar due to the worsening air quality.

On Friday, the AQI in Delhi was dangerously close to 500 in several areas.

In the Delhi NCR, high AQI was recorded on Thursday as well. The Gurugram’s AQI was 336 in the ‘Very Poor’ category, Greater Noida’s at 478 in the ‘Severe’ category, and Noida’s at 436 in the ‘Very Poor’ categorin friday. Haryana, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh are also in very poor condition.

A sudden drop in air quality has been linked to the increase in stubble burning in the area this is the main reason of rising of air pollution.

During the winter season, the Centre implements its graded response action plan (GRAP), which controls air pollution in the region.

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