School Closed: Due to increasing outbreak of air pollution in the national capital and continuous decline in Air Quality Index (AQI), Delhi government has announced closure of schools from November 9 to November 18.
In view of pollution, Delhi government has announced winter vacation in November itself. In an order issued by the government, it has been said that winter vacation has been declared in all schools from November 9 to 18. Online classes will also not run during this period. Earlier, holidays were announced in schools till November 10.
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said on Wednesday that in Delhi we are strictly implementing all the rules of GRAP, but the governments of the states around us are sitting idle with indifference and inaction. I think after the direction of the Supreme Court, there will be joint meetings and attention will be paid to implementation in all the states.
Ban on firecrackers
He said that firecrackers were banned in Delhi for Diwali. For the last one month, I have been continuously insisting that firecrackers should be banned in the states around us, but neither is anyone ready to listen nor is anyone ready to speak… It seems that the BJP governments are Pollution does not matter for him. He has only one formula, the rhetorical formula….
Rai said that I would like to thank the Supreme Court for directing the restarting of the smog tower installed at Connaught Place inside Delhi, which was closed by the DPPC Chairman. At the same time, the Real Time Source Support Study, which was stalled by the DPPC Chairman, has also been ordered to be restarted, for which the Delhi Government thanks the Supreme Court.
Parents’ appeal to the government
With schools in Delhi once again closed due to pollution, many parents have urged the government to find a permanent solution to pollution. Ajit Mishra, father of a class two student, told PTI that we have been neglected. The problem of pollution in Delhi has persisted for many years and nothing has been done to solve it. Online classes are not a solution as there are many students who lack the necessary tools for online learning.
Raj Kumar Kanojia, parent of a Class 6 student studying in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Delhi Cantonment, said that online education is not the same as physical classes. Because unlike regular school days, when children are shifted to online mode, only one to two classes are held.
After the air quality index remained in the severe category for five consecutive days, the pollution level in Delhi decreased slightly on Tuesday morning. On Tuesday it reached ‘very bad’ category. The AQI of the national capital Delhi was 394 at 4 pm on Tuesday, which was 421 at 4 pm on Monday.