Delhi pollution: Primary schools shut on Wednesday

Ebony Scott
November 8, 2017

"As per rules, even after air quality is deemed severe, there is another 48-hour period of observation", Sisodia said.

It said the government should bring back the odd-even scheme and that two-wheelers, taxis and women should not be exempt from it. Last year, AQI had scaled 500.

The Government has also issued a health advisory for high risk people, including children, the elderly and those suffering from asthma or heart ailments.

He said that the Delhi government would take a final decision on the closure of schools and introduction of the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme after examining the report.

The AQI levels recorded were - Delhi Technical University (452), Punjabi Bagh (435), Dilshad Garden (413), North Campus (445), Shadipur (466), Mandir Marg (433), Pusa (453- SAFAR data), Dwarka (435), Lodhi Road (569-SAFAR data), R.K. Puram (437), Siri Fort (430), Mathura Road (464), Aya Nagar (409), Anand Vihar (439), Faridabad (412), Sector-125 Noida in Uttar Pradesh (449), Sector-62 Noida (443) and Vasundhara in Ghaziabad (443). Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court said on Tuesday that stubble burning was the "main villain" behind the severe level of pollution in the Capital.

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All outdoor activities will remain suspended for students of classes 6 to 12.

The air quality in Delhi touched its lowest on November 7 with people complaining of breathing difficulties. The government had also said that they were ready to consider the return of the odd-even traffic plan.

Taking into consideration the severity of air pollution in the NCR-Delhi region, a Supreme Court-appointed panel on Tuesday recommended immediate enhancement of parking fee by four times.

Kejriwal has also sought an appointment with Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan to discuss the alarming situation, he said. There has been no response on this proposal, said officials.

Sisodia, who is also Delhi's education minister, has directed the environment department to submit a report on the city's pollution level by this evening.

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