Delhi pollution: Primary schools shut on Wednesday

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He said that the Delhi government would take a final decision on the closure of schools and introduction of the odd-even auto rationing scheme after examining the report. With people reporting symptoms of irritation in nose and throat, the state government has officially declared holidays for the Schools while asking the residents to not come out during the morning hours for the next three days. Out of the 17 monitoring stations at CPCB, 13 recorded "severe" air quality level, highest being at Shadipur (486 ug/m3).

"Government, municipal corporations, and private schools till Class V will remain closed on Wednesday". As per norms, satisfactory AQI level is 100 and Delhi routinely is between 300 and 400. In light of the sudden dip, measures under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) such as a four times hike in parking fees may be rolled out by the Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority.

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The chief minister will chair the meeting.

His tweet had said, "Considering high level of pollution, I have requested Sh Manish Sisodia, Education Minister, to consider closing schools for a few days".

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Saha also said what Delhiites experienced in the morning was fog and not smog because of low levels of sulphur dioxide. These measures are nearly identical to the ones that the government had announced exactly a year ago on November 7, 2016 - asking people to stay indoors, shut down of the Badarpur thermal power plant for 10 days and ordering the closure of schools in Delhi for 3 days, diesel gen sets banned for five year. Last year, the government had explored the possibility of cloud seeding for artificial rain to reduce suspended dust in the air - something which never worked out, explained officials.

The plea has also sought direction to Delhi and the neighbouring states to file a status report with regard to the steps taken to educate people regarding waste burning and the pollution caused by it.

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

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