Delhi Extends Closure of Primary Schools Until November 10 Amid Escalating Pollution Crisis

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Online Classes Offered for Grades 6-12 as Pollution Levels Soar in the National Capital

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Delhi Pollution Latest News: As the air quality crisis in Delhi worsens, the city's Education Minister, Atishi, announced on Saturday that primary schools in the region will remain closed until November 10. Furthermore, students in grades 6 to 12 are being provided with the option to transition to online classes, in response to the persistent high pollution levels in the national capital.

Taking to Twitter, Delhi Education Minister Atishi wrote, "As pollution levels continue to remain high, primary schools in Delhi will stay closed till 10th November. For Grade 6-12, schools are being given the option of shifting to online classes."

The Decision to prolong the closure of primary schools is an effort to safeguard the health of young students from the detrimental impact of the ongoing pollution. Despite previous measures to curb pollution, the air quality once again deteriorated, reaching the severe plus category due to unfavorable wind conditions, including calm winds during the night. 

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had previously declared a holiday for all government and private primary schools in response to the pollution levels reaching the 'severe' category. The Air Quality Index (AQI) experienced a substantial decline, going from 415 at 4 pm on Saturday to 460 at 7 am on Sunday.

Under the central government's air pollution control plan, all emergency measures, including a ban on polluting trucks, commercial four-wheelers, and construction activities, are mandated to be enforced in the National Capital Region when the AQI crosses the 450-mark.

Data from the Central Pollution Control Board reveals that Delhi's AQI surged by over 200 points between October 27 and November 3, ultimately leading to a classification in the 'severe plus' category on Friday. The 24-hour average AQI on Friday recorded at 468 was the highest since November 12, 2021. The neighboring regions of Ghaziabad, Gurugram, Noida, Greater Noida, and Faridabad also reported hazardous air quality, underscoring the wide-reaching impact of the pollution crisis. SAFAR-India's data reflected 'very poor' air quality in the Lodhi Road area and a 'severe' category for the Delhi University area, emphasizing the gravity of the pollution issue across Delhi and its surroundings.

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