New Delhi, Nov 5: In the view of alarming pollution level in Delhi, around 1,700 primary schools which are under the three municipal corporations have been directed to remain closed on Saturday.
SDMC Leader of the House Subhash Arya confirmed the move.
Nearly 10 lakh students are enrolled in these schools administered by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), he said.
“The decision was taken on Friday at a meeting in the wake of severe pollution that the residents of Delhi are facing. We have decided to keep the schools closed on Saturday, as the smog is worse during morning hours,” Arya said.
The SDMC has also issued guidelines on strict action against garbage burning and has formed teams at zonal level to take action against those found burning and throwing garbage in the open.
“We are deeply concerned about high levels of pollution since Diwali in Delhi. The Corporation has been working on an action plan to overcome the problem of pollution. The Additional Commissioner will monitor the implementation of the plan,” Arya said.
He further said the Sanitary Inspector and the Assistant Sanitary Inspector concerned will be held responsible for burning of garbage at ‘dhalaos’ (covered space for storing garbage) and near dustins. “We have ensured that one responsible employee remains present at each dhalao.”
“The SDMC is striving hard to impose ban on burning of garbage. In case any employee of the Corporation is found burning garbage strict action will be taken against him,” he said.
Arya also urged to the citizens, social organisations and RWAs to step forward to curb the rising pollution.
“It may be mentioned that as per the National Green Tribunal’s orders to take action against burning and throwing of garbage in open, the Corporation has instructed for imposition of Rs 5,000 fine,” Arya said.
The Corporation has also issued instructions to teachers and students to avoid outside activities in the coming days, in view of the rising pollution levels.
“The schools have also been directed to hold prayers inside the classrooms and not in the ground. Medical assistance will be provided in case any student complaints of respiratory problem,” he said.